End of the Season Madness

Trip Start Sep 30, 2008
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Trip End Feb 17, 2009


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Friday, January 16, 2009

It is hard to believe that our season is almost finished...only 4 more weeks to go!
 
Right before the madness begins we have one last town event - the USA vs NZ Rugby match. This tradition has been going on for over 50 years! The teams practice for several months before the big day and really give it their all. Sadly, the US has yet to win, but our team keeps trying...and one day will be successful! 
 
January tends to be a busy month as the scientists begin to wrap up their projects and the field camps begin to close. The end of the month is especially busy since this is when all of the vessels arrive. The icebreaker, Oden, comes at the beginning of the month slowly cutting through the thick ice making way for the fuel vessel, Gianella, and the re-supply vessel, American Tern. As we prepare for the vessels to arrive there is a lot of activity going on around town to prepare for the fuel transfer and getting all of the cargo and waste ready to be put on the Tern, while also making room for all of the new cargo.
 
Michelle has already been extremely busy this month with NSF Staff and Distinguished Visitors arriving several times a week. Preparing for the DV's and escorting them while they are in town keeps her busy, but it is worth all of the work to get the opportunity to meet some of the prominent guests we receive. Some of our most recent prominent DV's included, Rudolf Schuster, the former President of Slovakia, and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his party! With a few more DV events to go she will be busy right up until the time we leave!
 
Aaron has also been rather busy with several large construction and painting projects. Soon he will be heading out to the WAIS Divide field camp to help break down the camp and prepare the area for the winter. It will be an exciting 10 days out in a remote area of Antarctica, where a lot of amazing science takes place, surrounded by desolation and the bitter cold!
 
With the season starting to wrap up we have started to think about our plans for after we get off the Ice...the last flight of the season is on February 23 and we are anticipated to fly out on Feb 13. Our plans include some time in California as well as Hawaii before heading back to Florida. We aren't quite sure where the summer will take us, but we hope to visit with all of you soon!
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Michelle S on

Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I found your blog while searching for Antarctica experiences, and have really enjoyed reading your Season 1 and Season 2 experiences! I am applying through Raytheon Polar Services in the hopes of being one of the lucky ones to secure a position and head down there this year or next, so I wanted to thank you for giving me a better idea about the incredible time I can look forward to having if I get selected!

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