Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hiking and the final departure of the Lawrence M. Gould

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.

A tour of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station from my winter of 2017.

The Lawrence M Gould mooring during a blizzard. Securing the three bowlines was a bit tedious.

A hike to the end of Hero Inlet.

Another beautiful day.

A camping platform.

A snowy sheathbill.

This sheathbill has been tagged.

The end of Hero Inlet.

A cool berg drifted near the dock.
The last arrival of the Lawrence M. Gould was greeted by an iceberg next to the dock. The Gould used a series of prop washes to move it out of the way for mooring.

One of the guys carved a unicorn out of a piece of bar ice. Bar is glacier ice that has been compressed over time, not ice from a bar.

A fine group of bow line handlers. This is the last un-mooring of the Lawrence M. Gould for the season. 

The Lawrence M. Gould departing for Punta Arenas, Chile for the final time this season. There are now 20 souls left on Palmer Station. Our winter has finally begun...
The ensign from Hadar, Palmer Station's largest boat.

Dark bar ice - very old compressed glacial ice.

My room desk.
A room with a view of the Antarctic continent about 10 miles away.

A very comfortable room. Now that the ship has left we all have a room to ourselves.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike,
    Just found this entry and appreciate the ice pictures knowing the water around you is a new experience to add to your 7th continent explorations. I also like seeing your tiny quarters and know how you prefer the minimalist life. Thanks for sharing your personal journey as you have become the worldly explorer we admire. Love always, andee