Notes from Antarctica


Steamboat resident Dave Gardner, who is living in Antarctica, writes about his experiences:

"The past four weeks in McMurdo have been a blur. All I really care to get excited about is the mail has arrived, there's fresh vegetables in the galley, and I'm finally getting a handle on the 12 hours of chaos that I attend to each day at my job. I can say that I haven't been personally responsible for crashing any LC-130's into the Ross Ice Shelf yet. I must be doing something right.

"I thought I'd travel light this year to Antarctica and send most of my gear via the U.S. Postal Service, rather than wrangle it all through a half-dozen flight connections between Steamboat and McMurdo. Who would have thought there would be so many early season storms on the continent causing numerous flight delays and cargo backlogs? I've found that mail really isn't considered a priority here. For some reason, the National Science Foundation, which oversees all U.S. science projects on the continent, feels that some scientist's ice-core drills are more important than my Mocha Molly's coffee and slippers.

"As all of us are painfully aware of here in McMurdo, it's ALL ABOUT SCIENCE."


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