Sunday, January 6, 2008
Today we made it to the International Antarctic Center at the Christchurch Airport. Here we were given our cold weather gear. It basically comes in two orange duffels. It includes undergarments, gloves, wind pants, parkas, etc. Most of us feel we are in pretty good shape to weather anything now, given we brought things with us as well from Houston. Everything needed to be tried on and made sure it is “serviceable” – no broken zippers, etc. We basically got through this in about 2 hours.
There are about 60 people deploying to the ice on our flight. We need to report back tomorrow morning at 6 am for the flight. It will take about 5 hours to McMurdo (weather dependent). You will notice that we have our “mascot” penguins in tow and you will see them again in the future. That way those of you who said “…hope you see penguins…..” will not be disappointed.