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As most of you know, my classmate Kate and I will be sailing aboard the Maersk Peary to Antarctica this winter. We are both very excited for our trip and cannot wait to see what this adventure has in store for us. We will try to update this blog as much as possible, so check back and see what's new. Hopefully, we'll have some pictures of penguins eventually!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
In case the photo doesn't show up well, those are indeed seashells on our plate. Also not pictured are the octopus and cuttlefish that made up the rest of the dish. Well, it was not long after we ate that it came time for everyone to head back to the ship. I must say that I did not realize how difficult goodbye would be. I did not really believe them when they said that this crew would become like a second family during the trip, but it is absolutely true. I know I speak for Kate and myself when I say that we have enjoyed every minute of our time aboard the Maersk Peary. The entire crew went out of their way to make us feel welcome and feel like a part of the crew. This trip has been a once in a lifetime experience, and I know that I have made some great new friends along the way. I just want to say thank you to everyone at Webb and at Maersk Line, Limited for making this trip possible. I especially want to thank the crew of the ship and specifically the engine department for everything they've done and everything they've taught us over the past two months. Well, I'll just finish up there because I know Kate has her own final post to write. Time to get ready to head to the airport!
Sunday, February 9, 2014
So, like I said, things are business as usual around here. Kate and I have been busy with various projects around the engine room. Now that we've gotten into warmer weather again, we've been trying to do some work out on deck too. Other than that, most of our free time is filled with working on sea term projects. As of now we have less than two weeks before we arrive in Korea, and both of us still have a fair amount of work to get done before we get there. I'll be sure to post again if something out of the ordinary happens, but otherwise, this could be our last post before we arrive in Korea. Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with the blog and following our journey around the world. That's all for now!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Today we decided we would go check out Scott Base, which is the New Zealand research base located near McMurdo. We took a shuttle there because we didn't want to waste time walking along the road where there wasn't much to see. As soon as we got to Scott Base, we got out of the van and noticed a couple of whales just offshore. We ran over, but by the time either of us could get our cameras out, the whales were gone. We waited around for a long time for them to show back up, but they never did. So, we just walked around Scott Base for a while until their store opened up.
We did manage to find another shuttle to take us back to McMurdo, and from there we just spent the rest of the day exploring the town. We ate dinner at the McMurdo cafeteria, and then I headed back to the ship to give tours. It ended up being a really enjoyable experience because I got to meet a lot of really cool people while giving tours. When the tours were over, I headed back out to Hut Point to see if there were any whales, seals or penguins hanging around. I had been told earlier that a pod of killer whales had been spotted right near the ship, but I was never able to find them. It was also very cold and windy, so I didn't hang out for a very long time over at Hut Point.
The next morning, we needed to be back at the ship at 10AM, so I got up early and went into town and had breakfast in the cafeteria with one of the AB's. After breakfast we went to the post office to drop off some mail, and then tried going out to Hut Point again. Unfortunately, there was still nothing there, so we just came back to the ship. In fact, I got back just in time to give another tour. We had to be back at the ship by 10AM for an awards ceremony. Each member of the ship's crew who had not already been to Antarctica received the Antarctica Service Medal.
When the awards ceremony was over, we all changed back into our warm clothes to go spend a little more time in the town. We had some lunch in the cafeteria, then headed up to check out the heavy machinery shop. By the time we were done with that, it was time to head back to the ship to prepare for departure.
Though we only had two and a half days in Antarctica, every minute that we were there was an unforgettable experience that I will never forget. Antarctica is a beautiful continent, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to spend time there.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
And as if the scenery were not enough, we happened to come across two Emperor Penguins walking down the side of the road! The driver was nice enough to just stop the shuttle so that we could all get out of the van and take pictures of the penguins.
We were even able to take the same shuttle back to McMurdo.