Anyhow, our fuel tanker has been in port now all week and the offload of 7,000,000 gallons of fuel for the station is now complete. The difficulty now is getting her out of port. It's an old not very maneuverable vessel and the Captain has pretty much, and rightly so refused to get underway with winds above 15 knots. That's not too common here. So it sat and waited, and waited, and waited. Until yesterday, calm winds, around 5 degrees--great day for a hike, so off I went after work to an area known as Arrival Heights, a nice 4-5 mile loop around the local hills here.
|A look back at McMurdo, the port and Observation Hill.|
|Looking down at Hut Point Peninsula and the Oden.|
|Finally getting underway, setting up to tow out the tanker this morning|
So that was an interesting evolution to watch, although it took a week to happen. Now for the BIG resupply ship this afternoon. The Navy is in town now to offload the ships--so they close the bars while they are here--talk about a reputation! Lots of parties in the lounges now that the official establishments are closed for the week.
Well, back to work for me....stay tuned for another exciting, drama filled installment of life at Mcmurdo...