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26 January, 2000

Hello all,

I had a wonderful evening in the hut! It seems that several years ago, a gentleman by the name of Jim "Thumper" Porter, built this hut as a hobby while he wintered over here. It is quite popular here as there is a sign up sheet that fills up quickly. Privacy is a premium and people are eager to enjoy the hut and it's solitude. The hut is a small wooden structure mounted on beams. It is about 2.5 meters in length, 1 meter high and 1 meter wide. It will sleep one or two people comfortably. It is equipped with a cozy sleeping bag set on top of soft matting. Talk about a room with a view. There are 3 windows along the sides of the hut that provide wonderful views. Two window showcase the glacier and the streaks of pastel pinks and greens cast upon it by the setting sun. As I nestled into my sleeping bag I was almost giddy! I was so thrilled to be away and alone! I watched brash ice move into the shore and a leopard seal sleeping on a large bed of ice.Helvetica After an hour or so of reading by the midnight light, I drifted off to sleep. I would occasionally hear a distant boom and crash from the glacier as it calved.

This morning I met with Rob Farrel, Polly Penhale, and Rob Edwards to discuss my impressions and experience at Palmer. Afterwards, I went out to Humble Island with Jim LoScalzo and Polly Penhale. We had a bit of trouble with our zodiac. We were not going anywhere in a leaky boat! It seems that it was holding quite a bit of water in the bottom. After pulling the plugs it still didn't seem to drain until we took it for a spin right out front. Finally, the water drained and we could get going. Once at Humble, Jim went off in hopes of photographing jousting elephant seals. I sent up my camera equipment to get a series of pictures for a virtual tour panoramic of the penguin rookery. Polly went ahead to meet with Bill Fraser's group, Doug Quin and Steve Dunbar. Doug was listening to the petrel chicks hoping to record the changing sounds in their maturing peeps. I am pretty sure I got a great series of pictures to create a wonderful panorama of the island.

After lunch, the L.M. Gould arrived. Line pullers and greeters alike hustled to the dock to help greet the ship. ASA employees immediately got busy unloading equipment and crates. Tonight friends and colleagues caught up on old times. It is a great time when the ship arrives. We were treated to wonderful bluegrass tunes by local musicians, Rob Edwards, Will Silva, Steve Navarro, Dan Lubin, Ken Dogget and Doug Quin. It is worth noting that Steve's bass guitar is a homemade variety made from scrap wood, metal and wire found on station. A magic trick was the absolute highlight for me. Steve "ZZSteve" Navarro made things levitate! Anything, from cards, to tea bags, it was amazin!!! I snapped a couple of digital photos to prove it! Steve burst my bubble when he said, "It looks like I dropped it!" Take it from me, the card is floating in the air! Funny stories to take home! Steve also gave me a wooden box he made a few days ago. I was so touched. It is made of ash, oak, and green wood. "The Endurance was made of green wood, you know," Steve said. Such a thoughtful gesture. I continue to be amazed by the wonderful people here. Thank you again, Steve.

Until tommorrow!



ZZ-Steve Navarro demonstrates his famous levitating card trick! Amazing!

A beautiful view of Arthur Harbor and the glacier as I drifted off to sleep.

Rob Edwards, Steve Navarro, Dan Lubin and Ken Dogget are entertaining us with bluegrass music! Not seen is Doug Quin on the guitar.

The station maintains this popular getaway hut.

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