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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Ice Runway

We got our bags dragged and our flight is on the schedule for tomorrow morning at nine. It loooks like we will be going on the Bassler DC-3. We are currently sitting at the cofeehouse discussing put-in over a glass of wine. It is looking good and we are optimistic that things will go as planned.

If we make, it I might not be able to post of a couple of days while we get our satellite system up. We we don’t make it in, you’ll hear from me tomorrow.

Castle Rock

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Temperatures at South Pole are still too cold so Joel hasn’t been able to
get out of town. Luci and I, for one reason or another, have been delayed
as well. In fact, we are not yet behind schedule. Our projected put-in date
is Thursday but we have been a back-up mission for days. Normally what
happens is that manifested passengers have to bring their bags up to the
movement control center the day before their flight. This is affectionately
known as “bag-drag”. We have had our bag-drag scheduled and cancelled three
times. These have all been for back-up missions. Tomorrow we should be a
primary and if it is canceled it means we will be offically behind schedule.
Joel has already bag-dragged and is still living out of his carry-on. At
least we still have most of our stuff.
Seeing as today was one of the first nice days with little wind, I decide to
organize a hike out to Castle Rock, one of the farthest hikes away from the
base that people at McMurdo are allowed to undertake. It is long and flat
for the most part but at the end is the extinct cinder cone that is Castle
Rock. It was the first time in her four seasons on the ice that Luci allowed
herself to be convinced to go out there. Obviously, it ws joels first time
as well. It was long and cold but we had a good time.
If we keep getting canceled I am going to start working over at the UT shop
where I worked the last season I spent in town.


Four Family in Antarctica.

Friday, October 20th, 2006
DSC00095.JPG Luke, Luci, Joel, Jesse: For those of you who don't know us. Joel was supposed to be on the opening flight to South Pole this ... [Continue reading this entry]

Back in the Saddle

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
Victory Mtns.JPG Here is a photo I took of what I think are the Victory Mtns from the C-17 on the way in from Christchurch. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Leaving NZ

Saturday, October 14th, 2006
DSC00084 (Custom).JPG Since we bought our own tickets we were able to come to NZ to play a little before deployment.  When we finally got ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, October 5th, 2006


Luke Mtnbkng

This is the first entry in a new category.  BootsnAll have been making all kinds of changes to their blog interface and I have been playing around with it.  I have moved a bunch ... [Continue reading this entry]