30 November, 2004
Location: McMurdo Station
Today I had to say goodbye to all my teammates. Peter was the first to go; he caught a morning C-130 back to Christchurch. Jackie and Brandy caught an afternoon B212 helicopter back to Lake Hoare. It was sad to see them all leave. I enjoyed working with each of them and respect their earnest efforts to understand the ecosystem of Lake Hoare.
Before Jackie and Brandy headed back to the Dry Valleys, however, Brandy and I hiked up Observation Hill. This is a fairly steep hill just beside McMurdo Station. From the top, one can see a 360* view of the region. Mt. Erebus towered boldly above the surrounding peaks. Its summit was hidden in the classic dome shaped clouds which indicate high winds aloft. Scott Base lay nestled within the protection of surrounding coves, while McMurdo lay sprawled out below the hill. In the distance, we could see the trapped ice bergs struggling to free themselves from the sounds icy grip. It was a beautiful hike.
After our hike, we went and found the “Geo /Travel Bug” that I had put on the Crary Lab bridge troll last year. Miss Adams, back in NH, was curious what the GPS coordinates were, so we took a GPS with us and logged the location. The troll looked a bit hungry as he nibbled on the Geo Bug!
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