The months down here at Mawson have definitely ticked along pretty fast and we see ourselves looking at yet another milestone come November, with the arrival of the first plane for the summer season in just a few weeks’ time. It just goes to show how time flies as the weather is on the improve with warmer days, more consistent calm afternoons, the days getting much longer and the return of some much-missed wildlife. It is time to make the most of the outdoors and see as much of this continent as possible before it becomes our time to leave.
Last week we made a dash out to Auster emperor penguin colony for a day trip to check out the delightfully active young chicks that are in abundance out there. Along the way we were greeted by some seals who looked to be guarding a few young pups and plenty of cheeky Adélie penguins running about, as well as some other bird life flying around.
But not everything down here is a big fan of the warmer weather, namely the sea ice. During our dash out to the colony we hit a slightly soft patch of slushy sea ice. A very nice reminder of how fast things change down here, and to think that maybe in just a month or two there will be no sea ice at all. But a quick recovery with the onboard winch had us on our way in no time.
But off the sea ice there is plenty more to see and do down here at Mawson, with plenty of amazing mountain ranges to explore on the plateau. The next few months should be just as amazing as the ones we’ve just had.