Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Warm again

A forecast for low visibility at South Pole cancelled the morning flight but after good conditions prevailed all day, an evening flight was launched and at 9:35pm the first LC-130 of the summer season landed.

It was a great relief to a large group of us who were anxious to get out of there even though it meant landing at McMurdo at 2am. It made sleeping on the plane easier although it was really cold in there especially since we ended up standing outside waiting for about an hour to board.

Twelve hours later we were on the C-17 at McMurdo's Ice Runway and starting the trip north to civilization. I slept most of the way on that leg and before I knew it, less than 24 hours after I was at Pole, I was walking on pavement again at the Christchurch airport.

It's great to be back in a city, to smell flowering plants, to see someone other than the same 53 people, to have an endless supply of freshies. It won't take any time at all to get used to this again. The next few days will be busy with medical appointments to get PQ'd for next winter but I'll also be spending plenty of time at the favorite hangouts enjoying fresh beer on tap and the best sushi around. I'm just happy to be walking around outside in sandals with no worries at all about frostbite.

To our friends back at Pole, we'll see you soon!


At 12:49 PM, Blogger Neal said...

I'm ready to be there too!

At 2:08 PM, Blogger John said...

Hey Heidi,
Thanks for blogging through the winter and in tough circumstances with Brien etc. There's a bunch of us lurkers who thank you for it.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

John - thanks for lurking!

Neal - we're heading up to Auckland on Monday. If we don't catch you in Christchurch, we'll see you in Bangkok. Hang in there with the summer tourists!

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Kaveh said...

love that picture in the plane!

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Hey Heidi! Enjoy a brew at the Dux, some good sushi, Two Fat Indians, great music wafting through the main square late at night, the Botanical Garden, the smell of grass, rain, running along the river, long, hot showers, humidity, the great Kiwi humor, being able to CHOOSE what you are going to eat and when, browsing someplace other than the SP gift shop, and the good company that follows you from the SP to life in the outside world! Enjoy, my friend!


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