Bye Portland.

Bye Portland.

LA.  Yuck.

LA. Yuck.

Looking into the engine of the C-17 in New Zealand.

Looking into the engine of the C-17 in New Zealand.

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This is surely the most critical piece of cargo on the flight.  Its a pallet full of Juicy Juice.  Thats right.  Juice boxes.  Apparently this is going out to the WISSARD camp later in the season.  Juice boxes are real popular on the Ice for some reason.

C-17 from McChord AFB out of Fort Lewis, WA.  I think I actually saw this plane at the Portland Airport at the beginning of my trip South.

C-17 from McChord AFB out of Fort Lewis, WA. I think I actually saw this plane at the Portland Airport at the beginning of my trip South.

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The cavernous interior of the C-17.

On Ice.

On Ice.

Observation Hill

Observation Hill.  There is a webcam at the top that updates every few seconds here:

http://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/mcmwebcam.cfm

This is pretty neat!

This is pretty neat!

Nice to see some motorcycles on station.  Check out the Pugsley someone brought all the way down.  Pretty neat.

Nice to see some motorcycles on station.

Somebody brought down their Pugsley.  That's really neat.

Somebody brought down their Pugsley. That’s really neat.

The "Gerbil Gym".  I've been running in here since the roads are pretty sketchy with Ice these days.

The “Gerbil Gym”. I’ve been running in here since the roads are pretty sketchy with Ice these days.  The strange (but awesome) entrance to the gym is shown below.  What a time to be alive!

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This is what an Antarctic Winter will do to equipment left outside.  These are our high pressure pump sleds that were covered with tarps.  Snow finds its way through regardless of the tiniest of holes.

This is what an Antarctic Winter will do to equipment left outside. These are our high pressure pump sleds that were covered with tarps. Snow finds its way through regardless of the tiniest of holes.

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We have just begun to get our equipment set up out on the sea ice.  In the upcoming days we will be digging out everything, setting up a shelter to work out of and preparing the drill for the SIMPLE project (more on that later).

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