So after all our miss fortune with the Hotsy out at Cape Bernacchii, we finally got everything going thanks to our new friend Vito who works at the mechanical shop.
Hilary and I headed out to the Cape Bernacchii site after everything was dropped off and started melting the hole. We spend two days out there. It was really nice to get away from camp for a little while. Most of the time we are running from one task to the next with little free time and once we got to Bernacchii, it was like taking a vacation. The only thing we had to do was fuel the hotsy and generator.
Our hut was located out on a very flat, slippery piece of ice in the ice field. It was really fun almost ice skating around the area. It was impossible to walk so sliding or skating was the only option. There is also a lot of old ice in the area that was broken up last year and then refroze into place. The deep blue color is from the ice being pure water. Areas where there is white are brine channels where the salt is trapped. And if you look close enough, there were air bubbles trapped throughout the entire ice chunk.
While we were there, the weather picked up a bit. It went condition 1 (really really bad) in McMurdo, but across the channel it was just super windy. We mostly hung out inside our hut and read in front of the heater or took short naps. It was a pretty nice time. And after two days we were relieved of our duty and sent back to camp. It was nice to have a bit of a break, but it’s good to be back to work.
The next two days are going to be full of diving. Now that we have dive holes AND a working compressor, we will be diving every day collecting our samples. Send me warm thoughts cause it’s going to be a cold few days.