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October 1, 2002 at 2:18 pm #156willKeymaster
Summer has arrived officially today, and you can even tell by the temps
There was a heat wave to start summer today, the temp was +5F today but
with a wind-chill it dipped to -15F
We received a flight in today with a hundred or so passengers but no mail,
the rumor is that tomorrow we will have one cargo flight with lots of mail..
i could sure use my packages..
The long shadows started a few weeks ago, from the sun being so close to the
horizon when you walk outside your shadow looks like your legs are 100 feet
The sunsets get more and more amazing, this picture i took out of the
firehouse window last night, and the other pic is of the C-141 cargo plane
on approach for the Ice Runway this morning..
Some stats on the Ice Runway, It is 11 feet of thick blue sea ice, beneath
that is 1000 or so feet of water in the middle of McMurdo Sound, its
situated about 4 miles outside of McMurdo. There are full facilities at the
Ice Runway including a fire house, dining area, restroom facilities with
FLUSH toilets and a power plant to make our lights and TV work.. haha, we
even have internet access and telephone from there…
Starting the 22nd of October we will staff the firehouse at the IR 24 hours
a day, Last year it was creepy to be out there and at night when your
sleeping hear the ice creak.. when you think about where your at.. its a
weird feeling to know your only 11 feet away from a thousand feet or so of
Ooh i almost forgot the most important thing, i somehow managed to get 2
oranges today, someone brought a bag of fruit from new zealand and left it
in the firehouse.. Yum, i cant wait.. This is my first fresh fruit in almost
Until Next Time,
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McMurdo Station Antarctica
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copies of the original message.October 2, 2002 at 9:54 pm #1568olenaMember
Would you be in the market to exchange some weather? I can’t stand this humidity and debilitating heat of Florida that keeps everyone indoors under the tyrantcy of air conditioning. I so miss the walks to Hut Point, my last being in -70F right before leaving at Winfly. At least at McMurdo, if you bundle up, the outdoors is an option.
I really appreciate your e-mail diary so I can vicariously continue to feel connected to the Ice. Seems unreal that I fly in a year ago and fell in love with it all. If I can send you anything desired or needed, let me know. Ask the incoming flight crews for any unused lunches and skua them for fresh fruit. The guys were tremendous in sharing them with us on the first Winfly back.
The ex-skua QueenOctober 6, 2002 at 1:12 pm #1569thepooles98Keymaster
I just wanted to let you know that we all miss you down here. The geology class went well and almost all of us ended with A’s. The science carps gave me a rock from Mount Erebus. It’s a small lava bomb full of Erebus Crystals. You would be jealous.
Lorie and I will be returning next winter. How about you?
mikeOctober 12, 2002 at 9:23 pm #1570olenaMember
hi Mike and Lori
Am still in Florida, leaving for my home and yacht in “God’s Country” Virginia next week. My e-mail will be email@example.com but messages to this e-mail address will be forwarded to me.
Gave a 2 hour talk on my Antarctica year and that made me so homesick for the Ice. Due to the uncertainty of my Dad’s condition, I plan to stay here and aim for an August contract for another year. I do so want to return to McMurdo, hopefully not as a janitor.
If you are in Virginia and need to place to stay, I have plenty, so you are always welcome: phone is 804-758-5497.
Got an A also, now trying to get copy of transcript to fax to HR for the refund? Have you applied for it yet and run into any problems? Will take my rocks to William and Mary College for help in identifying. Wish I had more Mt. Erebus crystals.
Enjoy the real Outback (went to the restaurant here and it sucks)
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