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November 23, 2003

Day Off

Jen signed me up for the Cape Evans ski. On Sunday, the day off, Rec (Recreation) was hosting a ski to Cape Evans, or from Cape Evans, or something. I didn't think about it--I just figured it sounded like something nice to do, and Jen signed me up, so I'd go.

Then we started to think about it. 16 miles. Each way. Was it a round trip? No. Will we ski there or back? Depends on the winds, supposedly. How will we get there or back? What happens if the weather sucks? Have to wait and find out.

Turns out, it was beautiful.


[Erebus.]

We met at 11 AM and were driven out to Cape Evans in deltas (big vehicles with really big wheels). One delta came back to town, and one was to stay until 3:30, at which point it would drive back to town and pick up the stragglers along the way. I skiied with Jen and Deborah. Incidentally, we were the first to be picked up.


[Jen and Craig snooze on the way out.]


[Jen.]


[Deborah.]

But we weren't out there to race, or even to try to make it all the way back to town on skis. We were out there to be out there. To chat, to enjoy being out in the Antarctic. I mean, HELLO. It's our day off and we're three women skiing in the Antarctic in the sunshine (and a light wind) talking about Pisten Bullies and accasionally acknowleging the distant seal basking on the ice.


[Jen and Deborah.]

Not a bad way to spend a day off.

Posted by beth at November 23, 2003 1:26 PM

Comments

See?? I told you about the ski season that you didn't want to miss! ;-)

Posted by: Arnaud at December 4, 2003 11:03 PM

LOVE the picture of Erebus!!

Posted by: Kathy Schmitz at December 5, 2003 1:36 AM

We want to know if Mt. Erebus is still active and can errupt?

Thanks
Ms. Shipp's fifth grade class

Posted by: andrea at December 6, 2003 8:33 AM