Heading to the South Pole

​The small chapel sits on the edge of town near the water

Hi Inauguration fans,
      I woke up early and was able to catch the poet laureate before breakfast this morning, and she was an inspiring voice to start the day. We got a few inches of snow this morning so it was feeling more like Antarctica. I’m scheduled to fly 850 miles south to the South Pole tomorrow morning, but if the flight gets cancelled I might try some cross country skiing on the fresh powder, since that doesn’t happen very often here. It’s actually considered a desert climate because the precipitation is so low, so it’s nice when everything is covered with the fresh white stuff. The flight is on a 1943 DC-3 called a Basler that is down here with a contractor from Canada called Kenn Borek. It has seats and windows so it’s a better flight choice than the noisy workhorse C-130’s, except they aren’t pressurized so you sometimes have to wear an oxygen breathing cannula to keep from passing out.
      In other news we had an interesting museum night recently to showcase some of the historic moments at the base, so I brought out some old dental equipment left over from the Navy days along with drawers of teeth from when they were still making dentures. There was even a belt driven drill from the 1960’s that ran at about 2000 rpm before the air powered drills that came out that are still used today and run at 400,000 rpm.
     A deceased Leopard seal showed up the other day on the ice near the pier that is normally used for the cargo ship, and he has an impressive set of teeth. Normally we see lots of the amazingly tame Weddell seals and the Leopard seals are a rare event, so it was worth a photo.
     Hope your week is going well. I’ve written another Scallion that attached to this too.
 Basler Bob

​Descending from Castle Rock on a sunny day

Kipp tries on the straight jacket at museum night

​Deceased Leopard seal with lots of pearly whites

Baggage check in for the South Pole flight