Saturday, January 09, 2010

Lots of choices

They only added 5 guys to the bunkhouse and none of them were loud snorers, so the sleeping situation is still not too bad.

Last night was spent hanging out with some other IceCubers, playing pool and drinking a couple of beers.

Today there are a wide array of choices of activities!

The big event is a Kiwi vs. Yank rugby game over at Scott Base (the New Zealand base about 3 miles away). The Americans generally lose this game, but it's supposed to be a good time.

The shuttle busses leave here at around 2:15PM and return at around 6PM. Another event is the "penguin tour", where a limited number of people are driven out to an area with a bunch of Emperor penguins in couple of Deltas (big trucks with a box on the back which holds 14 passengers relatively comfortably, so they usually squeeze in at least 16 people.) Unfortunately, I learned about the tour when I went into dinner last night, and by the time I got out, the sign-up sheet was full.

The option that I'm leaning toward is a climb up Observation Hill, a 750 ft hill next to McMurdo topped by a cross memorializing the demise of Scott's party, followed by a nap, and capped off with a shower!

Later today we'll find out if there's a flight to the South Pole tomorrow.

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