It seems so long since our last update, with so much done but then so little to really report. We have been concentrating on resupply and science.
Resupply was an on again / off again affair pending sea-ice conditions in Newcomb Bay and near the Casey wharf and with unpleasant weather in the first few days. However, Aurora Australis persisted with us and returned after a couple of days of marine science and a good blow which was strong enough to clear out much of the sea-ice. What wasn’t cleared through natural causes was quickly removed by the team of very efficient water craft operators whom we've been lucky enough to call part of the Casey family on and off now for the last two weeks.
A full resupply report has been provide below by Lori, Deputy Station Leader but even more importantly (at the moment) our amazing Resupply Coordinator and keeper of the rosters.
We will be happy to see the AA sail off over the horizon and are looking forward to returning to our long (two months) established routines, but in turn also sad to see them leave. In a short but intense period we've made friends, renewed acquaintances, developed a very sound respect for their amazing competence, and have appreciated their perpetual cheer (and continual stream of willing volunteers for slushy duty if it means in night ashore on station). I just hope they're not offended by our always present question: When will cargo be finished?
We’ll also be saying a fond farewell to Summerers who have been with us from the start, Dr Cad and Mick our Senior Field Training Officer will be sorely missed and we wish them “fair winds and following seas” on their journey home.
Meanwhile, resupply hasn’t been the only party in town; science and supporting operations have been ongoing. We’ve had projects out on the water, in helicopters, into haggs, and flying in the twin-otter and basler fixed wing aircraft. Weather frustrations have limited the flying that we have been able to do, but Jac our ops coordinator has used up every opportunity to get as much science out and about as is physically possible with plans ranging from A to Z ready to enact each day.
As we are on the cusp of finishing resupply, what is ahead… a much belated Christmas and New Year jammed all into one big weekend celebration. Santa is yet to come to Casey but I know he and Mrs Claus and the elves are eager to visit and reward all the good Casey people who have worked so hard through resupply and in supporting the concurrent science programs.
By Rebecca Jeffcoat, Station Leader