Current temperature: -17C
Food: Today I got to eat lunch AND dinner at camp. Lunch was Thai sweet potato lemon grass soup and BLTs. Dinner was an Italian mix of zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes, white lasagna and salad … capped with homemade bread and garlic olive oil!
Camp was placed under a “North wind advisory” for most of the day today. As you might imagine, there is a lot of science that occurs down here, and some require “clean air”. The prevailing winds are from the south, and so Summit’s Clean Air Zone is south of camp. When winds come from the north (nominally between 315 degrees and 45 degrees), any extraneous source of pollution is shut down or minimized. Station generators still provide power (heat), and water runs are still done to stock the water tank of the Big House and Greenhouse, but non-essential equipment is shut down.
This said, we were fortunate to have left camp just before the winds became truly north. As they were close, we commuted to our drill site in a manner that would prevent our exhaust from carrying over in the Clean Air Zone. Bob, Terry and I took down the drill assembly and transported everything drill-related back to camp. It appears that 2 more holes will be drilled this operating period (thankfully, we are not responsible for them).
I spent the rest of the day (post-lunch) coming up with a “proper melt experiment” to conduct on the snow. We’re going to try the technique out tomorrow – fingers crossed!
Today was filled with fantastic laughs … I’m guessing none will carry over well into the blogging realm; needless to say, we chatted about hair (past and present), discussed potential dates in “party shirts” versus “party pants”, and feasted on the remaining mango and pear bake that was tonight’s prepared dessert!
And with sleep the next thing to do on my agenda (pictures tomorrow?), what is it like sleeping @ -16C? Sound and warm! As aforementioned, I’m assigned to Arctic Oven tent #18. The tents @ Summit Camp have a cot with an inflatable camp pad on top. I’m currently sleeping in a -40C/F down sleeping bag with a mid-weight fleece liner, and the combination is WARM! I need sleep and I love down, =D