Back on the Ice

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

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Rob and Andy join me on our first hike up Observation Hill  looking out over the frozen Ross Sea

Rob and Andy join me on our first hike up Observation Hill
looking out over the frozen Ross Sea

The US Coast Guard icebreaker opens a path for the cargo ship

The US Coast Guard icebreaker opens a path for the cargo ship

Weddell seals hanging out on the sea ice as it begins to break up

Weddell seals hanging out on the sea ice as it begins to break up

Hi fellow travelers,       

       After 2 weeks of building up my tolerance for heat in Florida, where it was 86 degrees on Christmas and New Year’s Day, I deployed south. After a nice 4 hour stop in Dallas for bar-b-que with my brother and sister I boarded the double decker Airbus 130 for 16 hours to Sydney, Australia, where I was able to catch up on most of the new release movies I have not seen in the last 12 months. Since I had a 12 hour layover there, I ventured out despite the non stop rain and took in a few sights before the midnight run to Christchurch, New Zealand. Two days turned into three after the flight to McMurdo was cancelled, but last Saturday I landed on the Ross Ice shelf in bright sunshine.     
       It’s been a great week of seeing lots of old friends and trying to remember everyone’s name. I’ve also managed to beat all the best ping pong players on the base, so now I’ve heard they are conspiring to figure out how to overthrow my position. I suspect we’ll trade the top spot back and forth over the next 4 weeks, but it’s fun to be the best for however long it lasts.   
     I’ve already done a few root canals, pulled a couple of wisdom teeth and fixed a few fractured teeth from a mosh pit collision and an aggressive kissing incident, where speculation is that in both cases alcohol may have played a part. Tomorrow looks like a good day for a glacial hike and climb up Castle Rock for a bird’s eye view of the frozen sea and distant Transantarctic mountains, since I’m scheduled to fly to the South Pole on Monday to play dentist there for a few days.  
Cheers, 
     Top Dog Bob