Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuxedo clad visitors to the Airfield

It's always fun to be surprised by the arrival of penguins.  No matter how many time I see them they just put a smile on my face.

5 cute Adelie penguins.

The penguin waddle video.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Under the Ross Sea Ice

Last Wednesday night we hiked out to Hut Point, then on to the Sea Ice to visit the Observation Tube.  It's a long metal cylinder that's suspended down a large hole drilled into the ice.  You descend down the tube onto a viewing platform to see the ocean floor and up to the bottom of the ice.

It's a snug fit.  Dave's the first one down.

Kelly climbing down the tube, with Dave on the viewing platform.

Here's a shot of Dave way down there.

Kelly climbing down.

The white colored spot is a Jellyfish.

Under the ice, the tiny white specks are Krill.

Kelly up top.

Looking back down at Dave.

Weddell Seal near by.

Kelly in the 3am morning sun.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kelly's Airfield Office

With Kelly's new job this season comes a new work center.  This is Hut 19, it's a rectangular building on skis that sits just off the ramp where the planes park.  Inside we have three work stations with computers and phones, also couches, a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

Here's a shot looking back towards McMurdo with Observation Hill on the right.

Looking across the Ross Sea ice at Mt. Erebus with some cool Lenticular Clouds.

It's 2am in the morning with the LC130's.

Kelly's reflection in the prop cone of a DC3.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Party

Our ATO department sponsors the annual Halloween Party and we've bartended the event the last couple years.  It's a lot of fun and this year Amy joined us to tend bar.  Amy dressed as Lady Gaga and we were her back up dancers.
Dave and Amy getting dressed and having cocktails before the party.

Kelly drawing a tattoo on Amy that resembles Gaga's.

Kelly, Amy and Dave.

The party is held in the gym.  Here's Dave with the stacks of beer and snacks.

Kevin and Jen as the tourist along with Ryan with Luke.

Deliverance came in as Jesus.

Gaga and the Red Devil.

Benjamin the Lion.

Russell and Josh with Kelly.

Group shot of our co-workers.

Amy and Dave dancing to a Gaga song.

Kaska looked awesome!

Some crazy Kiwi's.

Issac, Kelly and Twan.

Burke the "Hamburgler"


Twan and Dave.

Sergio and Dave.

More fun!

Andrew and Dave.  Dave made a stupid hat with telephones to wear when Lady Gaga's song "Telephone" was played

ATO Meet and Greet Party

At the beginning of each season our department hosts a "Meet and Greet Party" with a great BBQ, beverages and dancing.  We had great steaks, chicken and pork loin as well as many other good foods and a good time was had by all.  This was also the weekend when the people that will be working nights the first half of the season start their transition to nights.  We're part of the group and we'll now be on the night shift until the week before Christmas.
Twan working the deep fryer with poppers and kumara fries!

Seth on the grill.

Kim, Pete and Twan.

Our boss Bill with Julie and Amy.

Flip, Kelly, Twan and Justin dancing.

Dave and friends.

Dave, Kaska, Justin, Amy, Twan, Flip and Brenda.

Julie and Dave.

Amy and Julie. This wine has a awesome name.  It's a "Cheeky little Sav".

Julie and Julian.

Alex, Kelly and Flip.

After dancing Twan made a great pillow for Kelly!