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Auroras - Mon. Oct. 29, 2007 (JRS)

Monday, November 26th, 2007

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I’ve been meaning to post a blog (and more importantly, pictures) about auroras for some time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  I’ll put all of the pictures in our picture gallery, which can be found here: South South Pole April Auroras, South Pole May Auroras, South Pole June Auroras, South Pole July Auroras, and South Pole August Auroras

Here is some information about auroras, for those who are curious (thanks to Robert Schwarz, who gave a presentation about auroras at the beginning of the winter). (more…)

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Room Tour - Mon. Oct. 29, 2007 (JRS)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

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Lots of people have been asking us what the station is like.  Well, we never really got around to doing a full station tour, but we did take a video tour of our room for the winter, which you can find on our video’s page: http://www.stauchy.net/videos.html.

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Winterover Ceremony - Sun. Oct. 28, 2007 (JRS)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

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The winterover ceremony is a long-held tradition at the South Pole.  Since the time the South Pole was a military operation, there has been a decree that anyone who winters-over at the South Pole shall receive a metal in honor of the accomplishment.  It’s one of the few ways that a civilian can receive a military honor. (more…)

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Extreme Cam! - Sun. Oct. 28, 2007 (LAS)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

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Snow hills can only exist for the intent of climbing up and using gravity to “fall” down.  Before the winter-over ceremony, a few of us decided to use the snow hill and gravity for a bit of last minute south pole fun.  Some were graceful and most were not…

Check out our videos page (http://www.stauchy.net/videos.html) for all the videos, including: Butt sliding, telemarking, snow-boarding, sledding, body surfing, penguin chasing, and most important, SOUTH POLE EXTREME CAM!!!

-LAS

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Final Sunday - Sun. Oct. 28, 2007 (LAS)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

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Assuming that weather doesn’t impede movement of planes, today is our last full day at the South Pole.  We focused on final packing, finishing little projects, having our “one last time experiences”, before tonights’ winter over ceremony.

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Aerial Photography - Fri. Oct. 26, 2007 (JRS)

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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Given all the photography that I had done for Andy, as well as all the pictures I had taken recreationally around station during the winter, Andy asked if I would want to take aerial pictures of the station as part of the bi-annual photo shoot.  I didn’t have to be asked twice…

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Team 2 Pole - Thur Oct 25

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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At long last, we decided to do our winterover 2007 Team 2 photo during our last meeting of the year.  We all went and got our bunker gear on and headed out to the pole.  Lynette clicked off a bunch of pictures with Emrys’ and our cameras.  The guys also decided to do a “topless” picture, during which the comment was uttered, “this is the coldest I’ve been all year”.  The best part of the whole thing was right as we were finishing up with the pictures, an alarm sounded (we got a radio call), so we all went rushing towards the station, only to hear a few seconds later that it was a false alarm.  Had it been real, it might have been the fastest and most thorough Team 2 response ever!

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-JRS

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Turnover - Oct 19-27, 2007 (JRS)

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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My replacement arrived on the second Basler, along with Al, the Science Support Coordinator (Neal, Nick, and my boss).

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First Arrivals - Thu Oct 18, 2007 (JRS)

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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The Basler had a couple of days of delays because maintenance and weather issues.  When it finally arrived, most of the people on station were out on the flight deck to greet the plane (and the freshies that were coming in the the new folks).  It was a really good feeling to get some new folks around station; weird, but good.

It quickly became apparent how socially inept we had all become.  It became difficult to start a conversation with people we had not just spent 8 months with.  There was so much to talk about, but nothing really to say.  It was kind of a strange dichotomy.  For the first several days, the winterovers pretty much sat with other winterovers and the newbies sat with other newbies.  Eventually, people started to integrate.  At first, people who had known eachother from previous seasons, then people would join them, and so on.  The energy of the new people was a breath of fresh air compared with the group of people who were ready to leave.  Although, everyone noted how “well” we were all doing after a winter.  From what we heard, our crew was the least “toasty” crew for some time.  It’s a pretty good sign of how well we all meshed and how few major conflicts we had.
-JRS

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There’s Been an Off-Deck - Sun Oct 14, 2007

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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“Attention South Pole, there’s been an off-deck.”  Words that hadn’t been heard for about 8 months.  We’d been tracking the progress of the Ken Boreck Air Basler and Twin Otter as they made their way down from Canada, through North and South America down to Punta Arenas, Chile (they couldn’t make the long flight over the pacific).  From there, they flew to Rothera (an English base on the opposite side of the continent from MacTown).  They then headed through Pole in order to refuel on their way to MacTown, where the Basler would pick up our highly anticipated first load of incoming Polies.  They’d been in Rothera for a couple of days due to weather, so we were all pretty happy to hear the announcement that they were in-bound.

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Sunrise - September 22, 2007 (JRS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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No one really felt too much like partying too hardy by the time sunrise rolled around, but it was still a cause for celebration.  As I mentioned, the weather hadn’t been too great, so it was kind of hard to tell that the time for sunrise had arrived.  The night it was supposed to be appearing, the guys from the heavy shop slow-cooked a whole pig and we all got together in the galley for a meal and a mellow gathering afterwards.  Several groups were still in the galley around midnight when the sun finally decided to show itself.  We could see that the clouds were clearing on the horizon for several hours, so we were eagerly anticipating seeing the sun for the first time in six months.  When it came up, everyone ran to the window to check it out, and we all had a round of shots to celebrate.

-JRS

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The sun is still rising - September (JRS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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Here’s a few more pictures in the land of the rising sun, throughout early September.  Unfortunately, the weather got pretty cruddy leading up to the actually sunrise, so I wasn’t able to get too many pictures with really good sunrise colors.
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Final BBIA - September 16, 2007 (LAS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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On the Sunday before each 2-day weekend, our fantabulous cook, Michael Reehm, prepares the BBIA (Biggest Breakfast in Antarctica).  It’s a fantastic Sunday brunch once a month.  This month, in an effort to make it a tiny bit more special, he asked for volunteers to serve a plated breakfast. 

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Grand Champion! - September 20, 2007 (JRS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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Having finished an 8-ball league earlier in the season, Michael, one of our chef’s, put on a 9-ball league.  It started in July, and since 9-ball is pretty much a game of slop, I decided to join in.

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80’s Birthday Party - September 8, 2007 (LAS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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In honor of our many September Birthdays here this winter, there was a big 80’s bash in the B1 lounge.  Katie was the spearhead and the decorations were quite a blast fromt he past!  Everyone was encouraged to dress up for the festivities.  Jason and I hit skua to come up with something.  I went all out with big hair and a pleather skirt i found.  We got some short cut-off blue jeans for Jason.  It was quite a sight!

We got some pictures from friends, but we’ve lost track of them, so we’ll have to post them later…

-LAS

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Lunar Eclipse - August 28, 2007 (JRS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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Another once-in-a-lifetime occasion happened tonight: a total lunar eclipse as viewed from the South Pole.  We knew it was coming since Robert had mentioned it during his Astronomy class at the beginning of winter.  He had also sent out a couple of emails in the days approaching, explaining what was going to take place and giving the time-line.  For more pictures see the gallery: Lunar Eclipse. (more…)

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More hints of the sun! - August (JRS)

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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As August wore on, the evidence of the sun was becoming more and more noticeable during my trips to ARO.  On some days, it was just too enticing to snap off a few pictures.
Here’s a few of the cool photos I snapped throughout August.
 

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