136 Degree's of Seperation

Allie in Antarctica

136 degrees away from home, at McMurdo Research Base for the 2011/2012 austral summer.

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~ Tuesday, February 28 ~
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New Zealand Highlights so far… Day 1 in Christchurch, Day 2 in Hanmer Springs, Day 3 & 4 in Kaikoura and then back to Christchurch yesterday.  Meeting up with Alesha later today provided their flight gets off the ice ok…

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~ Wednesday, February 22 ~
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Leaving…

We transport in just a couple hours to the C-17 that will fly us to New Zealand.  Is sad to say goodbye to all the friends I’ve made since October, but hopefully, I’ll be back next year to hug them all a hello again…

Tags: Antarctica McMurdo Redeployment
~ Tuesday, February 21 ~
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First sunset of the year, photo taken at 2:03am on Feb 21st.

First sunset of the year, photo taken at 2:03am on Feb 21st.

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~ Monday, February 20 ~
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One last view out my window.  My last day in the shop, tomorrow I bag drag and Wednesday I fly to New Zealand.  I got all my reservations made for Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and Christchurch earlier today.  Will meet up with Alesha in Christchurch early next week and then we’ll start on our 5 week adventure thru both the North and South Islands.

One last view out my window.  My last day in the shop, tomorrow I bag drag and Wednesday I fly to New Zealand.  I got all my reservations made for Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and Christchurch earlier today.  Will meet up with Alesha in Christchurch early next week and then we’ll start on our 5 week adventure thru both the North and South Islands.

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~ Saturday, February 18 ~
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4 days…

I’ve started the preliminary packing for my flight that will take me from Antarctica.  I have to admit, I’m a bit sad to be leaving.  This place has grown on me and I will miss it and the people that reside here.  Sorting thru my belongings, what will stay packed in boxes during the months I am back in the states, what will be recycled into Skua for others to find and what will be packed to take back to the states.

I’ll be bringing around 7000 photos back with me that I’ve taken over the past months and I’m sure there will be a few thousand more before I leave New Zealand.  I’ve had an incredible adventure and am returning to Minnesota a slightly different person that the one that left.

Tags: Antarctica McMurdo Redeployment
~ Thursday, February 16 ~
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The Greenwave arrived in port on Tuesday…they are now working on setting up the causeway so that the cargo can be unloaded.

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~ Tuesday, February 14 ~
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"Pedro" the emperor penguin that has been sitting out by one of the fuel lines as he molts.  Was my first chance to see a penguin close enough to get these shots with my 300mm lens.

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~ Saturday, February 11 ~
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Tour of the Nathanial B. Palmer Research Vessel

I was able to tour the Nathanial B. Palmer Research vessel today before they left harbor at 3pm.  Was interesting!  I sent in my resume for a tour on it as their Electronics Technician - would be another incredible adventure!!

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~ Friday, February 10 ~
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Disposable Memory Project

A little bit ago, I was given a disposable camera by my supervisor, it had just arrived here from the South Pole. It is part of the “Disposable Memory Project”. You can read more about this global photography project at http://disposablememoryproject.org . After taking a couple photos with it, my plan is to carry it with me to New Zealand and release it so that it will continue it’s journey.

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~ Thursday, February 9 ~
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Redeployment

It’s getting close. Only 13 days until my redeployment. It seems like my time here in McMurdo has just flown by and it’s too soon to return to the “real world”. I’ve made a few very good friends here and many close aquaintances, and I’ll miss them all. My resume is updated and I’ll be sending it to Lockheed in hopes of returning here in the fall for another season on the ice.

My time here has been more than the adventure I thought I would have. Antarctica is an amazing place and full of beauty I never imagined. Now if I could just get a picture of a Penguin!!!

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~ Wednesday, February 8 ~
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The incredible view out my window this morning…

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~ Tuesday, February 7 ~
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Minke whale as seen from the window in my shop

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~ Monday, February 6 ~
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More from Matt Davidson…

More from Matt Davidson…

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