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To the valleys!
Below, the camps at Lake Hoare and Lake Fryxell.
The "wind bird" at Lake Fryxell and the inverter at F6.
Here's a link to a video of the blades going onto the body of the wind turbine from a new helmet cam! To give you a visual taste of the tower work: Working Aloft
|Just a bit of "good" ice near the shore.|
So we flew to and then opened: Lake Hoare, Lake Fryxell, Lake Bonney and F6, spending three nights in the valleys, forever grateful for the opportunity to go and work there. Going to sleep each night in my -40 degree sleeping bag, I felt a little like being in a spaceship. Some of the spots feel like a different planet. And when there's a little time for a hike, I can't help but feel like I'm an astronaut exploring Mars without a space suit. And then I think I can breath the air, swim in the seas, and just a matter of hours to the north in an airplane brings trees, animals, all the wilds of the world. What a world we live in!
Now we are back in town and preparing in town energy supplies for scientists and looking forward to our next camp to set up. I wasn't quite ready to come back to town but town is not so bad. Lots of good people and tons of ping pong! That's all for now!
|Our ride: the Bell 212 underbelly.|
While doing a little of solar outfitting one of the local fish huts that live on the ice near McMurdo, we had a visitor. At first the seal just poked his nose up out of the water as if checking to see if we had a friendly scent. He did this many times, until we began to talk to him. Then, as if our words smelled amicable, he came up to say hello and sat there floating in the dive/fish hole looking up at us with his big brown eyes. Very cool.
If you're interested, check out the McMurdo Webcam link I just added to the right side of the blog under the LINKS section. Enjoy!