Friday, January 4, 2008

McMurdo Station, Antarctica!

The weather was good yesterday so we left on schedule and did not 'boomerang'.  A 'boomerang' flight is one that gets to the 'point of no return', which is just over halfway, and the weather is not good enough to land.  The record is supposedly seven.  I feel sorry for the people on those trips because that means that they basically spent 35 hours over seven days on flights from Christchurch before they actually made it.  The C-17 flight down there was actually a lot better than most commercial flights as there what a lot more room for someone my size.  The seat wasn't as comfortable, but extra space more than made up for it.  We had to circle a few times before we could land because there were a few penguins on the runway.  By the time I got off the plane there was a helo flight coming and they rushed us to 'Ivan the Terra Bus'. It wasn't until we were on the bus back to the station that I found out about the penguins.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see them. :(  Some of the others got pictures, but not I.

When I heard stories about McMurdo in the office, most people described to be like a mining town and I think that description fits it well.  There is very little snow in the station and it is fairly windy.  I has been crazy since I got here and I haven't had any time to take many pictures.  As things settle down, I will take some pictures and upload them.  More to follow.  I have another orientation to go to. :)

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