Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas fun "Antarctica Style".

Oh the Holiday Season! 
We put up the Christmas decorations in our room and on the front of our door a couple weeks ago. It sure helped to get us both into the Christmas spirit.  We had a fun 2 day weekend for the Holiday starting with hosting our annual G&T party in the room.  We have done this several years now and the guests drink from Christmas straws. This year, thanks to our friend Gift the straw tradition lived on. 

Each year Dave creates a Christmas tree on the wall from lights and we hang a few ornaments and the cards we receive on it.
Below are more pictures of the room.

Dave and Kelly "Toasting the Holiday".

Grant, Ryan and Twan with G&T's and fun straws.

Zak and Brenda.

We had about 25 people show up, here are friends in the hallway. Melanie and Kim, Pete in the Santa hat and Amy with Geoff in the back.

Here's a photo of some of the folks we work with.

After the party in our room we went to the town Christmas Party.  It's held in the Vehicle Maintenance Building and always has a good turn out.  Here's Alex and Kelly.

Brenda, Tracy, Kevin, Dave, Jen, Kelly and Luke.

Here's Frostyboy Dave and the original Frostyboy.

Alex having a good time with Luke!

Kelly and Burke.

Kelly and Dave's Christmas stockings filled with goodies.

Kelly had coffee, laundry soap, Altoids and a BMW key chain in his stocking.  How did Santa know we were out of laundry detergent and that doing our laundry is Kelly's job???

Dave's stocking had candies, mints, a BMW jump drive and a hand made card.

Wrapped Christmas gifts.

Dave opening up his presents on Christmas morning.

Dave and his die cast model of our car.

Kelly wanted a Springbok Rugby Jersey and didn't buy one when we were in South Africa, but Dave got him one for Christmas.

Here's Dave and all his gifts. A cool copper picture frame made by our friend Candy, noise cancelling head phones, undies and a die cast model of our car.

Kelly and his presents. Jersey, coffee and Top Gear DVD's.  His other gifts arrived on Monday's flight, a knife and January issue of New Zealand Autocar.

Later Christmas Day we met friends in the lounge of our building for wine and cheese.  Here we have Pam, Liz, Dave and Wendy.  This is a Christmas tradition we do every year prior to Christmas dinner.

Julian and Kelly.

Dave, Pam and Kelly in the galley.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our Trip to Cape Royds

Last Friday we took a trip to Cape Royds to see Shackleton's Hut and the Penguin rookery.  It was a beautiful night and was a 7 hour round trip excursion.   We did this trip with friends from work and traveled by Hagglund, a really cool Swedish tracked vehicle.  The first stop was at the Ice Cave.  Here's the stairs carved into the snow leading to it.

Looking down into the cave.

Kelly was the first one in.  Here's Dave on his way down.

Kelly inside the opening.

The walls of the cave where so slick and smooth with not much room to turn around.

Mother natures amazing work!  Huge ice crystals.

Mt. Erebus, Barnes Glacier and Weddell Seal.

A large crack in the sea ice we crossed with the Hagglund.

Barnes Glacier runs down from Mt. Erebus into the Ross Sea.

It's really big!

Dave being Dave!

Through this opening in the sea ice you can see the bottom of the ice we were standing on.  It was roughly six feet thick.

We saw these Adelies coming our way, so we just sat down on the ice and waited for them to come to us.  They walked right up and check us out.

Dave and the Penguins.

The ride to the Glacier.

This is the Hagglund we traveled in.

Kelly and Dave.

Kelly and Twan.

Shots around the outside of Shackleton's Hut. Shackleton was a Bristish Antarctic explorer and he built this hut during his 1907 expedition on the ship Nimrod.  That's a seal skull in the box.

Those are penguin feathers all over the ground!

Inside the Hut.

View of Mt. Erebus from the penguin rookery.

This one is sitting on an egg.

The penguins sitting on their eggs in their nests made of stones.

This group is heading out onto the ice.

Shackleton's Hut.

On the way back we stopped at a huge iceberg that was frozen into the sea ice last season.

Kelly at the ice berg.

Look at the size of it!  Think how much is below the surface.

The whole group. Seth, Kelly, Melanie, Dave, Jamie, Justin, Kaska, Amy, Twan and Brian.