We have had quite a busy week here on station, with some summer projects coming to a close, the summer expeditioners heading home, Auroras and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C130 flight to Wilkins.
There has been a noticeable change in the weather this week with chillier conditions setting in, which has allowed the summer expeditioners to head home. But thankfully they have been spoilt once again, with some amazing Aurora’s over the weekend.
We have also had the first RAAF C130 Hercules land at Wilkins runway with 8 RAAF personnel on board. With myself and 7 others being lucky enough to venture up to Wilkins to watch the C17 and C130 flights. What an amazing experience to watch the complexities of aircraft activities in the Antarctic.
Last but not least, what an emotional roller coaster this week has been. With the summer expeditioners leaving the snow covered shores of Casey station for their homeland. After 4 splendorous months of adventure filled fun times, let’s just say it will be a little quieter on station from now on.
I would like to thank the summer team for their enthusiasm. We have had some seriously good times together. On behalf of the winter team I wish them the best for whatever comes next.
Jimmy Douglas, Casey Carpenter