The Icebreaker cometh!

Russian Icebreaker cutting a path for the fuel ship

Russian Icebreaker cutting a path for the fuel ship

Grilling at Hut 10

Grilling at Hut 10

Hi cargo lovers,

            The big news is that someone spotted the Russian icebreaker on the edge of the sea ice, so it may break its way here in a matter of a few days and open up water for the cargo ship, a cruise ship or two, and most importantly some whales that we can spot from the shoreline. We had a final party at Hut 10, the house that used to be the home for the Navy commander, and I manned the grill for steaks while my medical brethren made pizza, chips and guacamole and some pretty tasty green beans. We’re under two weeks until redeployment, which is the local term for flying back to the unfrozen world of New Zealand and beyond. Pat’s got her ticket to arrive in Christchurch on February 15th and I hope to be there the same day for a long hug and hit the road with her for a few weeks of R & R.

        My buddies and I hiked Castle Rock for the last time this morning, and it was sunny, clear and almost windless as we climbed to the top to take in the view of the glacier and the blue sea beyond with some impressive icebergs off in the distance. I’ve got a few days of work, and then off to the South Pole to treat a few patients before coming back for the final run at McMurdo medical. I’ve made a lot of neat friends here that I expect to keep in touch with and relive the tales over time, and will leave the clinic in better condition than I found it for the next dental adventurer.

            Hope your winter is going as well as our summer, and enjoy some strawberries, bananas, apples and any other fresh fruits that we could only dream about for the last 2 months!

            Cheers,

                 Redeployable Bob