1 June, 2000
The whole camp was a-flutter this morning. VECO support personnel were scurrying to get the runway smooth, and cargo and fuel pallets arranged just so. Science personnel were doing the last minute polishes to the equipment set-ups before noon. At 12:30, the reason for all the hustle appeared. A Twin-Otter bringing more scientists, gear, and expectations, landed in a spray of snow on its skis.
After lunch, more tents were set up, orientation on how to use the toilets (all paper in the orange can, please), and water (get wet, stop water, soap up, then turn water on for rinsing - showers 1/week please) was given, finishing with a tour of the camp. The camp only has 2 permanent structures like houses. The rest are Quonset huts with fabric covering of insulated canvas. (For those of you who do not know what a Quonset hut is, picture half a cylinder, laying on its side with metal ribs)After dinner, equipment pallets were shifted around and unpacked. It was a busy day.
Dr. Jack Dibb, the researcher with whom I will primarily work, came in on the Twin Otter. He introduced me to a researcher studying the ozone profile within the atmosphere with balloons who needs a helping hand until the rest of his team arrives. I have a feeling that science research will be filling my days from here on out.
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