Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Windy Creek

One last update from the Shackleton!

The weather has been exceedingly good to us, with thin sea ice and patches of open water to jump between.  We've managed very nearly 10 knots, and arrived at the Halley creeks late yesterday, well ahead of schedule.  It being Christmas Eve, we just scouted two of the possible landing sites, and then headed a little ways away to 'Windy Creek' to overnight and celebrate Christmas.  We'll return to our chosen landing site (N-9) tonight, transfer personnel to the base tomorrow, and begin offloading cargo on Thursday. 

Things I saw yesterday: the Antarctic continent, about a dozen big seals, and several hundred penguins.  Things I did today: ate a wonderful big meal, and went ashore.  See below!