Allie in Antarctica
136 degrees away from home, at McMurdo Research Base for the 2011/2012 austral summer.
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…
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.
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!!
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.
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!!!