Friday, November 2, 2012

Kelly's Helicopter Ride.

 Kelly got the chance to help a Science Group collect their snow samples out on the Ice Shelf of McMurdo Sound.  This group is trying to understand how salt from the snow on frozen oceans get into the lower ozone layer. 
Here's Kelly in the Helicopter moments before take off.  It is such a different feeling than flying in a fixed wing aircraft. 

Just after take off, flying over the fuel storage tanks and to the right around Observation Hill.

Mt. Erebus in the back ground, Hut Point and Winter Quarters Bay in the foreground.

One of many huge Ice Bergs in McMurdo Sound.  Most of them are about 200 feet tall.  The crazy thing is that 90% of the berg is below sea level.

This is Dunlop Berg, one of the two places we stopped for snow samples.  The sea ice is around two meters thick here.

Views from Dunlop Berg.

Kelly in front of the Iceberg.

Kelly with the A-Star helicopter.

Another view of Mt. Erebus and open water.  We are about 55 nautical miles from McMurdo, the wind was blowing at 25+ knots and it was miserably cold!

The amazing patterns the "pancake ice" makes.

More shots of the vast frozen continent.

McMurdo Station behind Winter Quarter Bay.  In the middle is the Ice Pier built for Vessel off load in February.

This is a short video as we came in for a landing at the Helo pad.


The annual Halloween Party was great fun.  This is Dacre in the Transformer Kress costume he made.

Beer on snow.

Cassa and Kim.

Kelly, Twan, Dave and Chris.  We bartended again this year.

Our ATO Department's Meet and Greet Party.

To kick off each season we have a department "Meet and Greet" party.  We clean out the cargo bay, decorate it, have a BBQ and fill two stock tanks full of snow to keep the beer and soda cold.  After dinner is over the DJ plays music and the dance party starts.
Here's Liz, "Lesser Alex" and "Greater Alex".

Susie and Billy T.

Dave, Alex and Kelly.

Tim, Tony and Kelly.

Dance Party time.

Dacre, Talia, Kelly and Kristy.

The Start of Mainbody & Dave's Birthday

This big rig is the Kress truck with the passage box on the trailer.

C-17 coming in to land.

The C-17 on the ground with the Kress pulling up to pick up the passengers.

Our friend Pam Hill did the decorating of the office for Dave's Birthday.

She makes a new sign every year to put on his computer

Dave had two Birthday cakes this year.  The delicious Chocolate one Pam made and the other was a Carrot Cake made by the bakers in the galley.

Kelly and Pam serving up the Birthday Cake.

Liz and Alex.

Dave, Candy and Twan.

Kim, Susie and Julian.

Pete sitting on the toilet eating cake since there were no more seats in our room.

Dave visiting with friends

Winfly Tour of Rooms and Emperor Penguins

Our cargo crew decided the weekend before the first "mainbody" flight arrived to host a "Tour of Rooms".  Each room supplied a theme and beverage.  The tour started in our room with Gin and Tonics, wine, cheese and crackers.  Above are Kelly and Lisa.

Twan, John, Kristy, Travis and Jared.

The next stop was Travis and Jared's room.  It was done in a "Ski Chalet" theme even with snow flakes. 

Next stop was Lisa and Kristy's room.  They had several drink options and games.  Here's Dave, Cory and Travis.

The whole group in a twin bed.

This is a snow blast used to clear the snow roads and the airfield.

We had 9 Emperor Penguins stop by the airfield.  This was the first time in 13 seasons that Dave has seen Emperor Penguins that aren't molting.

Just hanging out!