Today started out with snow, lots of thick, flaky snow. I was super excited about it, I love snow in case you haven’t noticed yet. The rest of McMurdo wan’t as excited as I was. All incoming (and thus outgoing) flights were canceled. This is the second day in a row and things are starting to back-up, but we are not worried yet, Feb. 1st is still some time away and we are sure things will be sorted out by then. We started the day with our usual science meeting. More of our cargo has arrived and we spent the morning and afternoon cleaning gear, river-boxes, and stoves, we returned some of it to the BFC (Berg-Field Center) and loaded the ANSMET container up with ANSMET owned gear to get it ready for next year’s field season. Now we only are missing a few things, including 4 of or skidoos.
We also had some fun time today: Scott and I went for a little run down to Hut Point and were accompanied by two minke whales that used the channel cut by the ice breaker as feeding grounds. Later in the evening we all finally gave into Ioannis’ cajoling to playing basketball with him. If we had only known how darn good he is….he creamed us all!! But we didn’t know, so we decided to go for it. Even John played and we had a solid hour of intense ball play with lots and lots of fun.
Now we are all exhausted and ready for bed. We are not sure what tomorrow will bring but whatever it is we will handle it with enthusiasm and joy. Good night y’all and sweet dreams.
Juliane, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Jan. 22nd at 11:30pm.