01 April 2007

Happy April Fools Day!

Hi All,
I was going to do something very April Foolish today, but decided better, due to the chance of payback here on our little station. I've heard the stories. So instead, I worked on what was supposed to be my one day off each week. So the joke is on me. However, tomorrow, the Laurence M. Gould leaves for Puenta Arenas carrying back most of the remaining summer crew, who are all very happy to be going back home.


Brightons Best Pubs said...

Just stumbled on your blog. I remember when I left Uni I applied for a position as part of the UK Antartic Survey team. Can't remember what went wrong, but I didn't end up going.

Can you tell us a bit about day to day life there? Are there loooong days or short ones? Is it so freezing that you can only go out for short periods of time? How many people there? What do you do to pass time?

Danger Dave said...

Hi Brighton,

Day-to-day life here is actually pretty busy, but pleasant. We've got one group of scientists here now, but 2 more will be coming to station next week, and the tempo of operations increases substantially. The weather here at Palmer is currently a balmy 3.4C, so it's nice enough that you can walk around in a t-shirt, if you wanted to. Normally, unless it's really windy, the temps here are fairly comfortable, unlike temps at the South Pole itself, where you can get frostbite in a matter of minutes. We're getting about 11 hours of sunlight each day. Currently we have 26 people here on station, and that will increase to 39 in a week or so. For fun, there are movies to watch, books to read, hiking, boating, and the occasional dance party.