I made it in one piece after some very long flights (not to mention the tugboat trip down to Seattle from Sitka). McMurdo is truely a different and serious place-and of immense desolation and beauty. I’ve been here two days and this morning, Sunday-our only day off-hiked over to the Scott Hut. Lying out the front door are some of his original canvas tarps and a whole seal carcass perfectly preserved for over 100 years. I still haven’t seen the sun but it rose three days ago for the first time in six months–the average temps here are about -40F. And then there is the wind. I hope to have weekly updates on my website at so stay in touch!

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