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August 16, 2006

Ice Nostalgia

Last night, I made the long drive to south Denver to meet up with the lovely Ms. Lisa Gacioch and then the dashing (I had to be fair) Mr. David Weimer for an evening of general silliness. David was my first friend down in McMurdo, and I hadn't seen him since leaving the ice two winters ago. Lisa I see more frequently, as she lives in Denver, but still not frequently enough.

We ate salmon that Dave had caught in Alaska with Mikee, another ice friend, and drank rum and cokes--my favorite McMurdo drink (save Baileys and hot chocolate, on Sunday mornings)--and screwdrivers and reminisced and listened to Dave's stories of travelling with his girlfriend, Sarah, by dogsled across northern Alaska this past winter. (Yes, I did say winter. Yikes. Dave's crazy. Sarah must be, too.)

It made me nostalgic for ice times, and also made me want to go back down. I'm ready to do it again. I'm okay not, but I wouldn't mind.

So in honor of that, here are a few poorly scanned slides from my first season down in Antarctica that I just now had put on CD. In fact, I just picked them up today.

[Our acclimatization camp at Fang Ridge.]

[Steamy Mt. Erebus and our smooth ride.]


A shout-out to Matt and Tad, who are still down in McMurdo finishing up the winter. Tad, I can't wait to see Matt Damon running around Mactown trying out each bathroom... (see comments, "Eight Below," but only if you know Tad or have read "Big Dead Place"...)

Also, when I first posted this entry I'm not sure why I didn't post this also-newly-aquired shot of Sal (another Ice friend), Lisa, and I, reunited poolside in Boulder two summers ago.

Posted by beth at August 16, 2006 3:45 AM

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