Greetings Unfrozen North Americans,
My flight out of McMurdo station on Ross Island Antarctica was actually on time, unlike most of the US air carriers, and 5 hours later I got to hug Pat for a long time at the Christchurch, New Zealand airport. We spent the next month together touring the South Island and all of it’s amazing sights, and finished up getting a tan on the Cook Islands in the south pacific while snorkeling with the fish and watching the sunsets through the emerald waves of the coast. Next stop was Florida to see Lauren and her adorable puppies, and then make the rounds of other family and friends while Pat flew off to London to attend to business. I then spent 10 days in South Padre Island, Texas flying across the bay with my windsurfer and getting frustrated with my kiting skills, or lack thereof, before heading home to Colorado.
I was really living the dream of working in Antarctica, but I’m glad to be home and ready to go back to work next week. It seems like half of my wardrobe has penguins emblazoned on it from the swag I picked up along the way, and I got to relive a little taste of the continent when a strong cold front moved in to Colorado last night and the temperature dropped to 8º degrees this morning. It’s not much compared to -85º at the South Pole right now, so I bundled up and went for a walk to the post office just like old times on the ice.
The more shocking news is that I joined the 21st century and with advice from Pat and Lauren got an I-phone and a new number to replace my old land line. You can delete 593-2020 and 201-7163 and my new number is 719 494-7703, and I even leave it on most of the time! I’m still adjusting to what I call the “tameness” of life back home, but am enjoying the pleasure of buying bananas, avocados and other“freshies” whenever the mood strikes. So, write a note or give a call and let me know what’s going on in your life these days!
Good to be back Bob