Full Rain Man

10-25-19 It’s Sunday. And a beautiful Sunday at that. Consequentially, my roommate (who will soon by one of my 11 camp mates at WAIS Divide) and I are putting on warm clothes to walk to the neighbors. The New Zealand base in only a 15-20 minute walk away. We chat about the previous evening as … More Full Rain Man

Boomerang

10-20-19 Day 1 of my return. On 10/15/19 we left Christchurch aboard an Air Force C17. Quite a big plane. I’d guess we were about 80 passengers and a whole mess of cargo. It was a pretty smooth flight and five hours later we started our descent into McMurdo. The crew chief announced “unfortunately….”. I … More Boomerang

Life in a wee tin can

“Close the door!” He pauses. I can see the hamster wheel spinning. “ya know, we probably shouldn’t. If it malfunctions the default is to just clear the tube out into the sea. So probably shouldn’t.” “Don’tclosethefuckingdoor” I reply. I slither further down the tube. My thick coveralls slide easily against the polished metal flooring and … More Life in a wee tin can