mail order Keppra We have now been at McMurdo Station for over a week, completed our trainings, got all our gear squared away, and scheduled our first helicopter (“helo,” pronounced heelo) drop off in the Wright Valley for this Tuesday, November 3.
Living at McMurdo station has been a little bit surreal. Each summer, around 2000 people pass through. Although the purpose of the base is to facilitate science in Antarctica, maintaining it requires a whole spectrum of people: janitors, mechanics, cooks, mountaineers, IT, admin, electricians, pilots, shuttle drivers, Air Force, cargo crews, etc. Because of all this, the number of staff at the base is much greater than the number of scientists, making the station feel a bit like a cross between a college campus and a small town. There are over 85 buildings, but the most important is perhaps the cafeteria, aka the Galley.
The food has been shockingly good. For breakfast there are eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, pancakes, waffles, an assortment of cereals, breakfast burritos, and juice. For lunch and dinner there have been burgers, salads, Chipotle-style burritos, steak, stir-fry, deli sandwiches, chicken wings, sausage, roasts, pastas, fresh-baked bread, all kinds of sides… the list goes on and on. It’s all free and as much as you can eat. Our first meal (and several others since then) resulted in us eating until we were literally in pain, because we wanted to try everything. Following dinner, there is desert: cookies, soft-serve, and usually at least one other baked desert like pie, tart, bars, or cake.
There are 4 designated meal times per day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midrats(midnight rations for people who work the “night” shift). However, there is 24/7 pizza, cookies, soft-serve, coffee, tea, waffles, cereal, and sandwiches if you can’t make one of the designated meals or, in our case, if you just get hungry again.
Unfortunately our field food will be simpler: cereal/oatmeal, bars, sandwiches, pasta… things that we can cook on an MSR WhisperLite or Coleman stove: standard camping fare.