Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving pics plus

As I wrote before, we celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday night.

Before the meal, there are hors d'oeuvres is the hall outside the galley.
The meal, like almost all meals at Pole, is served cafeteria-style. There were again three different types of turkey (roasted, deep-fried, and smoked) along with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and other dishes. After dinner, there was a choice of apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. There was plenty to eat, and tonight's meal is, of course, "Leftovers".

In that picture above, you can see almost all of the IceCube/WIPAC people currently at Pole. This is quite a contrast from when we were drilling holes and there were 30 drillers plus all the support people.

Today there was a group picture for a kid who will celebrate his 5th birthday soon. About a dozen people shuffled out to the geographic Pole marker to pose along with the banner seen below. I took a quick snapshot of the general area on the non-working side of the station. The station is to the left and you can see people making their way to the geographic Pole. On the right you can see some of the flags surrounding the ceremonial Pole and behind them in the distance is the South Pole Telescope. That dot in the middle above James Roth's head is the IceCube Lab, where all the computers are busily taking data!

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