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. :)