It has been a lovely week on station with lighter winds and some delightfully bright days. The sun is finally high enough in the sky to slide sideways across the sky clear of the low cloud over the sea to the north that seems to dominate our horizon so often. Being bathed in perpetual golden sunset light never gets old.
Over the weekend Stu led a group of sea ice travellers on quads down to explore Sparkes Bay over the weekend. Two other field parties ventured out. Simo led Linc, Watto and Scottish out to Robbos on Friday, and Mat C headed out to fire up the pizzeria at the Wilkes Hilton with Ricky, Zac, Jimbo, Misty and Ducky.
This week the talk of station has been all things traverse. Trip Leader Misty and her crew of Adam, Muscles, Jimbo, Mark, Elise and Ducky have been preparing gear and completing planning and training, ahead of embarking on the annual traverses to Law Dome and Haupt Nunatak to service the automatic weather station units, which inform aviation weather forecasting for Casey.
Our plumbing team of Ducky, Watto and Brendan completed the first mid–winter water transfer this week, drilling into the thick lake ice to access water to top up our water tanks. The guys valiantly pumped in temperatures of −23°C+ battling freezing hoses. Our tanks are now nicely topped up for a while and fingers crossed it will be warmer next time we pump.
In the meantime we are all cracking on with winter workload, stocktakes and annual maintenance tasks, and generally enjoying life down here at Casey.
Jacque Comery, SL