First Days on the Ice

October 7, 2009 – “Acclimate” is defined as “become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions.”  Mike and I have been trying to acclimate to our new conditions in more ways than one.

The most obvious new condition is the weather.  Before we left Denver (and also in Christchurch) we had a few cool, damp days with temperatures in the 60 degree range.  I remember feeling chilled.  Since arriving at McMurdo Station we have had constant temperatures of well below 0.   The winds have varied quite a bit, from mostly calm to pretty gusty.  Gusty and 35 below is cold,  but the clothes they gave us are pretty amazing.  Needless to say we haven’t spent extended period of time outside yet.

Mike and I have also had to acclimate to rooming in conditions similar to what we haven’t seen since our college days.  We have a typical dorm size room that we share a bathroom with a couple suite mates.  The food is cafeteria style and has been pretty good, so far.  My problem is keeping myself from eating to much junk.  They always have lots of desserts to choose from that I have a hard time passing on.

Last night Mike and I attended the Outside Safety Lecture.  This means it is “legal” for us to do some local hiking outside of the town limits.  We are looking forward to enough free time to do some local exploring (a little warmer & calmer weather would also be appreciated).

We have been busy the last few days training for our jobs.  There are 3 different positions we will have to get checked out on.  Mike & I are training on separate position right now and do not always have the same hours.  After we get all checked out, we will probably be working shift work.  Both the tower and center will soon be open 24 hours a day.

McMurdo Station has numerous indoor activities that we could get involved in.  There is a weight room, a separate cardio room (stationary bikes, treadmills, stair steppers, etc.  The have a gym for basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc.  I have seen ads for yoga, knitting, lectures, etc.  There is even a chapel in town.

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