14 December, 2002
Second transect collecting at New Harbor
Our second collection site is at New Harbor. This is the part of the valley that opens on to the Ross Sea Ice. The Taylor Valley is about 5 miles across here, so we will have a lot of hiking to do. There are lots of moraines deposited so the hike is up and down over all the ridges of gravel type of terrain. Before we venture out into the field again, I want to show you the Jamesway where we will stay for the next 3 days.
It is a cosy set of buildings connected by a narrow "hall" that serves as a lab with two microscopes. These scopes easily distract us from collecting because we all have found things that we need to check out under the microscope. We resist the temptation for the first two days. First, we need to call to McMurdo Opps and tell them we have arrived and that we have communication available before the helicopter can leave. Laurie does this while the rest of us unpack the sling load. Then we bring all of the gear inside and decide who gets which cot. This Jamesway has a sleeping area and a kitchen ares with a big table used for all sorts of things including conferencing, playing cards, eating and recording in our research journals.
This Jamesway is stocked with lots of food. Other research teams will be coming here later in the month. Regina takes an inventory of the food here and will report any that we might need to use. Rusty and Scott need to put some fuel in the Preway, an oil burning heater that we use to melt snow for dish washing water. We have requested the use of a small generator so Scott can keep the GPS system batteries charged. However,we see none, so this is reported. I help unpack and repack the backpacks so we can get our first sampling done today.
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