This week on Macquarie Island we held our first all-station tsunami emergency muster exercise. Expeditioners commenced the muster in their usual place of work, with a few volunteers positioning themselves at the far southern end of station. The objective of our drill was to practice mustering at a predetermined safe position on high ground upon sounding of the alarm. The alarm was activated at 1530 and we all moved hastily to the ‘golf tee’ on Wireless Hill. This location is about halfway up the hill to our emergency tsunami shelter, which would serve as our base of operations in the unlikely event that station infrastructure were to sustain serious damage from an earthquake or earthquake generated tsunami. Everyone made it up the hill in good time, and a little out of breath, after a brisk jog followed by a steep hill climb. After the tsunami muster, we celebrated Friday night with our usual ‘takeaway dinner’ of ‘JFC’ (Justin Fried Chicken).
Chef Justin and Ben prepared a wonderful 18 hour steak dinner for the community on Saturday night. The preparations commenced on Friday afternoon, with Ben taking the lead in charring the outside of the steak. Friday night video clips featured a screening of Heston Blumenthal’s program on the search for the perfect steak. With the taste buds of the whole station watering, the charred steak was placed in the oven on Friday night to slowly cook for the next 18 hours. Saturday dinner of steak, confit salmon, and crisp greens from hydroponics was served to an appreciative station and enjoyed by all.
As if steak and salmon night wasn’t exciting enough, Saturday evening frivolity continued with the second 2015 Macca pub quiz. Quizmaster Justin MC’d and three teams lined up to contest the event: Team G (Lou, Jac and Lionel), team B (Nick, Dan and Rich) and team K (Duncan, Mark and Ben).
Team B prevailed, surprisingly without cheating, with an unstoppable lead from points won in the inter-round challenges. The bonus points challenges included apple bobbing (Dan was triumphant), pasta noodle threading, and hanging nails on a string (of which Lionel was undisputed champion). The overall winners were rewarded by some fine hand crafted trophies, supplied by Ben’s newly established local business ‘Golden and Sons Monocles'. A fun night was had by everyone!
The trades team broke ground on a new project this week, commencing the replacement of the aged fire hydrant main. Work is focusing on the sections of main within the station compound at the moment, due to the prevalence of wildlife frolicking about the place. Warren, our incinerator, is also on the blink again giving Nick and the team some challenges.
The elephant seal census continued again this week, with seal numbers still on the increase. Our volunteer seal counters are gaining loads of experience ahead of the all island elephant seal census on 15 October.
We invite anyone who is keen to check out our webcam and follows the turf war enacted everyday by the big beachmasters, especially over the section of isthmus between the station compound, and the communications and meteorology buildings.