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January 16, 2005

Another Day

Another day at the office. Well, sort of. This morning, I made the second-to-last(?) trip to Erebus. It was just a quick trip; I ate breakfast, headed down to the office, hurried out of my office clothes and into my ECW, walked down to the helo hanger, weighed in, and was off. Gorgeous day. Flew with Jack, the head of the PHI (Petrolium Helicopters Incorporated) gang down here. On the way, we saw a bit of cloud cover. It looked at first like they were up against the shoulder of the mountain, but as we flew closer and higher it became apparent that they were flowing low over the peninsula on which we live. Flowing. Yes. Castle Rock, a prominant volcanic plug sticking up out of the snow on the peninsula, was just veiled by a flowing cap of moisture.

The picture wasn't taken from the best angle, but hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.

Three Sisters, our destination, was beautiful. Nice day for it. The equipment is on the lowest of the three main hills poking up from the ice in the center of the photo.

The work didn't take long. We came back to McMurdo, I carried my backpack the short distance up the hill to my office, changed out of my ECW into my 'street clothes' in the course of about 5 minutes, and here I was sitting at my computer as though I hadn't been out at all. It was strange. Actually, it was kind of fun. Like being superman or something. I was that, and now I'm this. And no one, to just look at me, would ever know.

Posted by beth at January 16, 2005 10:39 PM


fun comparison there at the end!

Posted by: wilma - mother of beth at January 18, 2005 8:42 AM

Beth, i especially like reading entries like today's.

Posted by: bill at January 19, 2005 1:36 AM