Monday, November 15, 2010

Back on the Ice!

More ice ! I love imagining Amundsen and Shackleton down here navigating their ships!

Pack ice! We're getting closer...

After a week of travel and trainings, I find myself back in McMurdo Station! Two and half days in Denver for OSHA trainings and general program orientation, a few hours in L.A. with brother Will at a funny comedy club, 13hours 10 minutes in an airplane flying over the Pacific, a day in a half in New Zealand for training and marveling at the most beautiful trees I have ever seen (Christchurch's Botanical Gardens) followed by this morning's 5 hour flight south and I am here.

It is wonderful to be back. Four years seem like nothing and I feel ready to pick up where I left off. Rumor has it, by joining the Antenna Rigger crew, I have one of the best jobs on the station, perhaps only second to helicopter pilot. I am in a small double room in building 210, though strangly there is noone else in the room right now. I thought I'd get put with at least one roomate! Probably tomorrow, someone will show up. I also have a window, which opens! That might take some getting used to, but I'm excited to have a little more space to play with this season.

I've met my team, they seem excellent, I think we're going to have a lot of fun while working hard. I'm scheduled to head out to Byrd field camp sometime in the next week or so. More to come soon!


  1. Have fun! send lots of fun video. wear some WM gear so I can post you on our facebook page! anyway we can send you a care package?

  2. Ahhhh, wish I was there! Make sure you give Barb a hug from me! : )

  3. Ahhh, wish I was there. Give Barb a hug from me! : )

  4. Hi Ben! We looked at your blog today and have some questions for you. We hope you had a nice holiday and a great New Year's!

    It's Matthew, from TLC Randolph. It is Wed., Jan. 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm. Is it nighttime now in Antarctica?

    It's Soteris, from TLC Randolph. Do you see many penguins?

    It's Nathan, from TLC Randolph. Did you sleep in a tent?