This week, our wishes were fulfilled. The weather has suddenly turned and everyone is so excited to see sun and blue skies that they are breaking from hibernation and adventuring out all over the place.
Some have been lucky enough to have to go out during the week to do hut checks, ensuring all the survival equipment in all the field huts is in place and in working order. It brings back to us the importance of the field huts, not just a place to get away for a mini-break on a weekend, but an important safety tool to enable those caught out in wild weather to find shelter and remain in place until conditions allow a safe return to station. Jack’s, Wilkes Hilton, Kenny and Robbos have now been checked and are good to go. Now to take the longer excursion to Browning, a three hour drive in a Hägglunds over a very bumpy route (the sastrugi* is huge at the moment after all the recent wind). Maybe once the Weddell seal pups return to their haul out near Herring Island there’ll be additional reason to venture out that way.
Others have been braving the bright light on their pale skin by walking across O’Briens Bay (see George’s story below), taking a trip down to Browning over the sea-ice, or even just adventuring down to the wharf or out to Reeves Hill. Fresh air, exercise, and vitamin D… no wonder everyone’s sleeping a little better this week.
We also were lucky enough to have a formal dinner on Saturday night, with most of the outdoor adventurers so keen to try Dom’s beef fillet, or was it the call of the tiramisu, that they managed to get back from their excursions for dinner. This was promptly followed by an extremely funny trivia night. Catz and Jane were our extraordinarily patient quiz hosts. The night can be summarised by a pretty low standard of trivia-ic knowledge but much hilarity. The winning team was only boosted to the dizzy heights of numero uno due to 2 Dogs’ extraordinary musical knowledge… or more likely because he has exactly the same musical taste as Jane, who prepared that round.
The end of the week has been taken over by planning for the filming of the Casey entry into the Antarctic Winter Film Festival, 48hr challenge. We’re waiting with trepidation for the five items that must be included in the film (a sound, an object, an action, a famous quote, and an Antarctic role) and then frantic filming and editing will ensue over the weekend with no one on station able to escape conscription into the movie. 48hrs after the five items are provided, the film must be uploaded…
Lights, Camera, Action!
Rebecca (Casey SL)