Monday, May 28, 2018

A Sunday-Funday Hike


I have been uploading my Palmer Station videos to YouTube. On the settings (the small gear on the bottom right side of the viewing screen) select HD for the best quality.

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During the last few months of our around the world bicycle ride my daughter Jocelyn and I met Anthony Bourdain and chef Jose Andres on the street in Washington DC. Jocelyn took this selfie. Bourdain was one of those who inspired us to explore the world. When we returned home we watched all of his Parts Unknown shows and often blurted out, "We were there!" Last year he visited McMurdo Station and the South Pole.



Preparing for a hike up the glacier by attaching traction devices to our boots.

After a few slips and long slides we decided this was not a good day on the glacier. 

We slowly worked our way down to the rock and snow zone. It was really slippery. 

Looking across Arthur Harbor.

The end of Arthur Harbor.

I do have gloves and just removed them for camera work.

We ended up hiking to the end of Arthur Harbor and then along the water back to Palmer Station. 

The white dome in the background is an empty radome.


This guy was really upset and scampered away. 

The Gould has returned. In the middle is the rec hut where one can camp. To the far left is the Earth Station where I work.

The rec hut comfortably sleeps 3. All camping gear, along with ski gear is available.

A fine tiny house...

...with a great view!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Fishing and seals


I have been uploading my Palmer Station videos to YouTube. On the settings (the small gear on the bottom right side of the viewing screen) select HD for the best quality.





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Palmer Station supported the Ride of Silence to honor those world wide who have been injured or killed in a vehicle accident. 


Palmer Station on a fine morning.

A crab-eater seal pup. Notice the bloody ice.



A zodiac working its way through the brash ice.

A beautiful sunset. The pup has moved...

...to reveal a leopard seal bite. He'll be okay.

Hero Inlet filled with blue ice and a few leopard seals.





The dock has been removed for the winter.

Sunrise on a beautiful calm morning.


I bought 6 bags of each while in Punta Arenas. I mix them together for a delicious trail mix.
Off on another boating adventure to help the marine biologists set fish traps. Motoring through the brash ice on a foggy day.

Baiting the traps.

Setting the trap in the water near an island.


Trolling for fish larvae.

Saving what was caught.


Bar ice. 

Heading home.

An overcast and spooky calm day on the water.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Sunday-Funday: fishing and an island of my own



I have been uploading my Palmer Station videos to YouTube. On the settings (the small gear on the bottom right side of the viewing screen) select HD for the best quality.





Fishing for science on a Sunday morning.





We caught 14 Corrie fish. 

They will be reproduced in this lab during the winter. 

Later that same day I caught a ride with the divers who dropped me off at seal filled Torgensen Island.

It was just me and about 200 fur seals.


They weren't too pleased that I woke them from their Sunday afternoon nap. While some just opened an eye when I walked by some barked. 


Really cool rock formations. 

Torgensen Island is only about a five minute ride from Palmer Station.

An island to myself - an old Antarctic explorer.




I tried not to disturb them but there were so many it was difficult to navigate around them.





The island is full of jagged peaks like this. In the two hours I was here I walked around the island twice with a few traverses over hills. Without the packed snow it would be almost impossible to walk around.

Palmer Station in the middle.

A Weddell seal - rare for these parts.


Okay - I'll leave.

A fine science and dive team from UAB. Thanks for the ride!