A Day in the life (Not at work)
Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Well you know what I say, inactivity breeds lethargy. If you don't get out and be active, you will be more tired. Making it almost impossible to be motivated. Plus the cold is very daunting, if not the cold, then the wind, if not the wind, then the searing UV rays that burn your skin from the lack of Ozone in the atmosphere over Antarctica.
I finally snapped out of it. Telling myself I was acting like a baby and making up excuses. Before I knew it I was gonna be leaving not having done anything in Antarctica besides catching up on the endless list of movies that I would like to see but never have. Fuck that, I say. I an in Antarctica, I am getting out and seeing this place.
So I slap on some sun screen, grab my parka and cold weather gear and head for the hills. First stop, Observation hill. Which I have climbed 3 times already in the same amount of weeks. It's a great little climb. Close to home. The trail is steep, and the footing loose. Plus the hillside is mottled with ice fields. These will come in handy later on while I decend, as you can slide down in brief stints on your ass stopping yourself with your feet and moving left or right to the next ice field.
When you reach the top of Ob hill you find a plaque and a large wooden cross dedicated to
The decent is easy and fun, I feel like I worked off a few of those extra calories that I have been receiving from my nightly intake of hot fudge brownie sundaes.
This is just one of the Hikes I have done around town. I've also done the Armetage loop twice, once on Cross country ski's and once just hiking on foot. That's a five mile loop that goes all the way to Scott base (the Kiwi Sceintific base) and onto the sea ice for the return to McMurdo. Impressive pressure ridges can be seen off the shore near Scott base. But the Americans are forbidden to go there by the NSF. Which is really funny, because the Kiwi's have a flagged route so they can go inspect the ridge at their leisure. Just a little taste of home, the governing powers telling us what is good for us. Whatever, I doubt that I'll be stopped from going there before the year is out. Who will know?, how will I get busted? I'm a big boy now, my Mom told me so! I can go there if I want to.
Last weekend, Lou and I went to Discovery Hut and up Hut ridge a short ways. Another hiking trail right near the station I have disregarded until recently. This is one of R.F.Scotts supply huts that they stored all their goods in and used as a performance theatre
Lou and I continued up to Vinces Cross, another of the many crosses commemorating people who have died in sevice to exploring the continent and finally on to another unique
I've also take a recreation trip on a passenger Delta. We went to Cape Evans for a Ski back trip. I originally signed up for the trip because I knew one of the historic huts was there and I thought I would be able to go in and check out a piece of history. I was sorely dissapointed when I found out that it was just a ski back trip and one of the trip leaders riding in the front of the Delta stopped us short of reaching the hut so she could get an earlier start on the return. Damnit, foiled again. Didn't get to go into the hut.
So we exit the Delta and don our ski's for our 11 mile journey back to McMurdo. I thought to myself, that this is a trip for real athletes and I would fall short, being this was just the second time I've tried cross country skiing in my life. "Well, just make the best of it Sully", I told myself.
JonO eventually caught up to me and I feined a fainting in front of the Delta, as if I had skiied myself to death. We laughed as I got up and he opened the back for me to load my skiis. The rest of the trip was fun as we slowly approached the rest of the skiiers. Carl, Thoa and I rode in the front with JonO and had some laughs getting to know each other and teasing ourselves and each other about our short comings. Good Antactic bonding!