Scrabble with WISSARDS

Hi friends with words,

The WISSARD project (www.wissard.org ) wrapped up recently and the researchers, staff and drillers have returned to town like little kids after their first trip to Disneyworld, having discovered all sorts of new things under the glacier in the area called the grounding zone. Their lecture last night was standing room only, and they enough new data to keep them busy for a very long time. I foolishly challenged one of the head investigators in Scrabble and found out that not only does he know his glacial geology, but lots of high scoring Scrabble words as well. He trounced me with a smile though, and I’m hoping for a rematch sometime to see if it was just a fluke.

I signed up for a few refresher classes to keep up with the possibility of getting a trip out of town sometime, so I hitched a ride out to the ice runway to get certified to drive out to the airport. When it came time to return home, my friend Bryan just happened to be returning the Kress, which is the biggest vehicle on the base, weighing in at about 85,000 pounds empty, and I got to sit shotgun as we rumbled along at about 18 mph. I made it in time for my indoor “Happy Camper” class where we discussed all sorts of ways to avoid being frozen to death in the event of getting stuck outside.

Sunday was a day off to ski to Castle Rock this time with some of my medical comrades, and a few of us climbed to the top once again to take in the view. Back in time for dinner, fresh pizza hit the spot before a hot shower and bed. Folks are starting to come and go as the summer winds down and winter is approaching, and the new winter doctor is thirsty for some dental knowledge as he faces 6 months here with little dental training and no dentist for 2500 miles.

Cheers,

WISSARD beaten Bob

The Polar Star ice breaker keeping the channel open in the Ross Sea

The Polar Star ice breaker keeping the channel open in the Ross Sea

Research vessel Nathaniel Palmer docked at the ice pier

Research vessel Nathaniel Palmer docked at the ice pier

The Kress was my taxi back to town from the airport

The Kress was my taxi back to town from the airport

Playing Scrabble with Reed, a researcher with the WISSARD project

Playing Scrabble with Reed, a researcher with the WISSARD project