Exciting day! I called Joe, the solar guy, this morning to see if I could come over and check out the shop. He said that he was going to be going out in to the field in the afternoon but I could come over this morning. On the way out the door I got a call from him. He told me to bring my cold weather gear because he was going to need someone to go out to the camp with him. We met up at lunch and headed out to a seal reaserch camp at Razorback Island. He needed to check on the system and connect the lab sled with power. The camps consist of groups of insulated, heated trailers on runners called sleds which are drug out to the reaserch spot by big snowcat type machines called Challengers. This camp is out on the seasonal ice-shelf so, as the ice begins to break up they drag the sleds back in. He told me all he had to do was this minor wiring but he needed me more to keep him awake during the drive.
It was a two hour drive each way along the NE coast of Ross island. It started out over cast with little wind but the wind kicked up as soon as we began work on the sleds. The camp is in a beautiful spot on the shore of Razorback island. The Island is about 100 ft above sealevel and about a mile long by only a few hundred feet wide. From a distance it looks very much like its swine namesake. There were about 50 seals lounging around, unaffected by the wind and cold.
This afternoon a c-141 and a c-17 both arrived soon after we returned from our trip. Here is a picture of the 17 landing as a helicopter arrives from Marble point. I believe that both planes were cargo-only flights. It has been over a week since we had our last flight. The “freshie box” (the walkin fridge where we keep our fresh supplies) is a big empty void. Hopefully we have some mail on this flight. You all should feel free to mail us christmas presents. The adress is:
Luke Wagner / Luci Pandolfi, RPSC,
PSC 469 Box 700
APO AP 96598
Make sure, when you send us goodies, to do so before the end of the year 2003. Otherwise it might not arrive before we leave.
So, yesterday at work, one of my supervisors, a guy nameed Delma, came up to me at work and told me he was changing my schedule. He siad he wanted to put me out at the runway. Whoopie!! Apparently, they were having problems with the current cook and she was asked to leave. Tomorrow I start drivers training so I can drive out to the airfield. I’ll send you pictures later of the truck I drive. My schedule will no longer be syncronized with Luci’s but hopefully things will change in the future. It seems like anything can happen at this point.
Here is my daily link: http://www.polar.org/Public/OtherAntarcticLinks/maps.htm . It is a link to a bunch of maps of Antarctica. Some good, some not-so-good.