This week at Casey saw expeditioners getting out on winter recreational travel for the first time this winter, taking advantage of the weather while it is still mild.
Two field parties headed out for the weekend this week. The first group set out on Friday to the Browning Peninsula for two nights, checking out the condition of the cane lines on the way, and then spent Saturday hiking in the area. The second party headed for the old station at Wilkes on Saturday, to replenish the firewood in the hut and to bring home some used cage pallets from the Wilkes Hilton (see story below).
Back on station things have been easing along. It was chef Andrew’s birthday and he was treated to a butternut snap ripple cake as a surprise. Friday night we enjoyed a delayed screening of the AFL game between Carlton and Richmond. Footy tipping is alive and well on Casey this season, and time will tell if skill and knowledge, or sheer luck and guess work will prevail.
Saturday roast night was enjoyed by all eight of us who remained on station over the weekend, and needless to say a quiet station it was!
By Tuesday station numbers were at full strength again, as we welcomed back the aviation team from Wilkins who were down at Casey to deliver some more equipment to station and to take a well–earned day off.
We have all noticed a considerable increase in the chill in the air this week with temperatures starting to drop. Sea ice is becoming visible in the bay as well.
From the station logs: On this day in 2002
A keen young BoM observer named Linc (see his story below) was hard at work. The station log records 'Max wind: 096 knots. Easter Sunday. Still gale force winds, Lincoln tried two balloon launches, both failed due to high winds'.
A field party was out on route to Law Dome, and the Sit Rep (situation report) from that day reports 'Weather: −18°C, wind: 70+ knots. The traverse party remains blizzed in. Intentions are to wait out the blizz'.
Jacque Comery, Station Leader