We made it out of McMurdo on our scheduled day of February 18th along with 36 other people. We chose to fly with the US Air Force on a C-17, while around 120 other people were scheduled to leave that day with the New Zealand Air Force on a B757. We were so glad we chose the C-17 since the 757 canceled due to weather.
We stood outside in the blowing snow for about 45 minutes watching our plane get downloaded and uploaded with cargo, but once we got onboard and took off, we were warm and happy to be on our way.
Here are a few shots Kelly took out the window as we were flying back. These glaciers that come out into the water, like shown in these photos, are called Ice Tongues.