Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hibernation

Ahhh, the signs of springtime around this place...we don't have budding trees or the sweet sound of songbirds in the morning but we do have snow falling off of buried heavy equipment as the sun starts to hit them.

Make no mistake, the sun is not making it toasty warm yet and we're not wearing shorts outside . It was -72 degrees F when I took these pictures yesterday, but it is bright and beautiful outside and you can just about see forever.

The heavy equipment and vehicles have to be winterized before they're stored outside. All fluids are drained and for the shuttle van, the tires are removed too.

The long hibernation is nearly over for us and the equipment. We're still digging out snow, cleaning up the station and getting outlying buildings ready for occupation. The Basler and a Twin Otter will transit through here in 5 days on their way from South America to McMurdo Station. Then the Basler is scheduled to return in a week with the first new people that we'll see since February.

3 Comments:

At 3:09 AM, Blogger craig said...

Wish I was coming down to see you guys. It's been hard not prepping not to go.

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Uthell said...

Hi, Im not sure how many people read your blog or if it's just written so you can communicate with fellow er, Antarcticians.
I have just found your blog after a night of researching a possible trip to that large white blob on my globe...
I live in London, a world away from what I'm reading about. I find it all fascinating and thank you for sharing your pictures and experiences.
Im 28 and fed up with city life and smog and your blog is inspirational.
You're all explorers, and that's as good as it gets.
Cheers

 
At 2:20 AM, Blogger Neal said...

At the end of winter, the sun is always a welcome site.

 

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