25 October, 2003
Today we headed out to the Ross Ice Shelf again. This time our balloon was only a few miles from the sea, adjacent to where B15 broke off the shelf. We could easily see B15 in the distance and the true blue color of the Ross Sea. We had a GPS fix on this balloon so we knew exactly where it was. Even so, we did not see the balloon so we decided to land at the GPS coordinates, when we were ten feet off the ground we spotted it directly under us. It made me appreciate how difficult it must be to find people lost in the woods! We spent the day cleaning the lab, and took a quick sojourn out to an open fishing hole. The bulldozers have plowed the snow off the sea ice in places and large holes have been drilled. They ice over quickly so the fish group is constantly chipping the hole away to set their traps.
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