Monthly Archives: December 2015

Tourist Activities

When I’m not working as a Communications Operator down here in McMurdo, I like to pretend like I’m a tourist, seeing the sights and doing tourist things…

WILDLIFE!

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On the way to Cape Evans a couple weeks ago we spied 6 little emperor penguins in the distance by Big Razorback Island…

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The curious little dudes waddled their way over to us over the course of about 15 minutes…

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Stopping less than 10 feet away to check us out

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While we did the same back
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Two performed a magical and mesmerizing dance as we watched on.  That’s me in the red coat in front of them.

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The sea ice is getting warmer, cracks are getting bigger, and seals are lounging about in greater and greater numbers

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And having babies!  Mama and a few day old pup by the pressure ridges in front of Scott Base.

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And the placenta remnants from the event!  Skuas have eaten most of it at this point…

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Dog skeleton inside the Cape Evans hut.  The opposite of wildlife – domesticated death.

HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

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Iconic Cape Evans Hut shot

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Even the explorers of the Heroic Age liked to be tour about in their free time!

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And only the best for those boys – Brooks Saddles, since 1866

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Authentic hundred+ year old toothbrush

SCENIC FLIGHT & GLACIER LANDING!

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Always wondered what it’s like to work in Antarctica?  Come fly on an original 1940’s Basler to the Transantarctic Mountains.  Here, we’ll land on the Lennox King glacier at the “historic” CTAM USAP science support camp.  You’ll assist in digging out 55 gallon fuel drums from a year’s worth of blowing snow with real-life fuelies in smelly Carhartts!  

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Skidoo tracks

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Fuelie in Carhartts taking a walk

ACTIVE AGENDA

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Running the Turkey Trot – a Thanksgiving tradition in McMurdo

 

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The more color and ruffles the faster you run, say the locals!

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Action selfie!  Riding one of our new Surly Pugsleys to Willy Field one early morning

POSING IN “CREATIVE” WAYS IN BEAUTIFUL PLACES

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Senior photo on the sea ice, Mt. Erebus in the background

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Jumping shot at CTAM

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Steezin’ on the sea ice by Cape Evans

Being a tourist is great.

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