The Eagle Has Landed…

buy priligy tablets IMG_1564After a five hour flight in a C-17, or “the big bird” (pronounced with strong kiwi accent), we touched down in Antarctica. We donned our big reds and bunny boots and waddled our way to the exit. We were met by a barren ice field, -20F weather, and a group of McMurdo Station staff that corralled us into the kind of bus you would only expect to find in Antarctica. I was cold.

Now we’re settled into McMurdo Station, the United States research center in Antarctica. Getting settle required quite a bit of training: NSF inbriefing, Antarctic Field Safety, Dry Valleys ASMA, Crary Lab tour, Helo training, Environmental Field Briefing, Outdoor safety lecture, etc etc We still have to do Dry Valley Shakedown, Light vehicle training, and more helo training. Most of that doesn’t mean much to you but to us it’s the last hurdle before letting go the bowline and being set adrift in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Luckily all the gear we need is mostly squared away. Things like: 6 massive sledge hammers, 4 smaller sledge hammers, 800 rock sample bags, 15 five gallon urine containers, etc etc… the essentials, of course.

IMG_1757As we await our November 3rd flight date we are free to explore the accommodations provided by McMurdo Station. The “resort” includes an all-you-can-eat cafeteria, two bars and a liquor store, multiple saunas, a gym, TV in your room, lounges with Ping-Pong/pool/foosball, comfortable beds, a climbing wall, well-marked hiking and cross-country skiing trails, and 24-hour sunlight. Considering we’ll be sitting on Crazy Creeks, boiling ice for water, and peeing into canteens in below freezing conditions for the next 5-6 weeks, I think I’ll enjoy the luxuries of McMurdo while I can.

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