A quiet week all round on station this week. All of the team just working hard and getting on with their September work lists.
We’ve had some magical spring weather, with Mother Nature lulling us into a false sense of security… then bam, a blizzard to finish off the week. Can’t have us believing that it’s all sunshine and rainbows here on the ice. Luckily the weekend field trip to Browning Peninsula had the best of the weather for their long quad bike ride on the sea-ice and back.
Planning and training for our winter traverse to Law Dome to undertake the annual Automatic Weather Station (AWS) maintenance has taken up a large amount of our time and effort. This week the traverse team has undertaken field refresher training, AWS maintenance familiarisation, medical refreshers (including suturing training), and set up the accommodation van and tested the generators. It’s such a lot of planning and preparation for a journey that is just a little over 100km. It just goes to show how tough the environment can be. Just a final overnight test on Friday night, and then they’ll be as ready to go as we can possibly make them.
Our big social event of the week was our inter-station darts match against Davis. 2 Dogs gives a gripping outline of the competition and our preparation for the big night in the report below.
When we see the intrigue and in-fighting that can occur over a darts team, it does make one concerned over what might happen with the station leadership team. Perhaps we're in for a spill.
Well, ‘til next week. Unless the vote goes against me and you’ll be hearing from the new leader of the Casey party.
Rebecca, Casey Station Leader