First Contact: The summer begins
Ready or not here they come!
Our isolation at Davis was broken last Saturday by the first new faces since the last ship left in early April. Three Canadians arrived by Twin Otter to begin the summer flying program. They were familiar with the station having worked here last summer but found the open water they remembered now a sea ice landing strip, and they were pleasantly surprised by the new living quarters. They were subject to much attention by 24 people seeing their first new faces and all wanting to talk to them at once.
They softened the winterers up for the imminent arrival of the ship carrying the annual resupply, all the summerers and some round trip expeditioners. Bets were laid on the exact date of arrival but the off-shore weather and ice conditions fooled most. Tuesday we watched the ship slowly crunch through the ice, getting closer to station while the winds were too strong to fly anyone off the ship, and the first arrivals appeared by helicopter Wednesday morning while the ship was still working on setting up a safe anchorage to offload cargo.
The station will now settle into changeover of crew and resupply with most of the winterers leaving with the ship. The winter has gone very fast and this has been a great group, keen to get out and see the place and make the most of their spare time with hobbies and projects.