Food: Spicy chicken, sticky saffron rice, fruit salad, and fresh salad (for dinner).
Hello! We had some IT difficulties that, after half the day, was traced to a faulty router in the Greenhouse. Yesterday and today have been very long days, but they were long for very different reasons.
Tuesday is a bit of a blur, but that’s because in the mid-afternoon Bob and I “gridded” the ICESat line that is essentially west of camp. By gridded, I mean we planted a “stationary” GPS unit in the middle of the the ICESat “line” and drove around with a “roving” unit (attached to the snowmobile). We drove over 120 km yesterday … it took nearly 5 hours! This does not include the 2 previous attempts earlier yesterdaythat ended in a “non-talkative” GPS receiver (it was not receiving any signals from satellites). Bob worked his magic, and thankfully the third time was the charm! When we finished, we drove back to the Bighouse, had a “late” dinner (pasta alla puttanesca hot dark chocolate, and oatmeal raisin cookies) , and “toasted” our completion of a “big” task.
Today, on the other hand, was a long day of trying to find work. Recall the “north winds” scenario from earlier last week? Bob and I woke up at 0530 to try our hand at another melt experiment. However the winds were 005 at 10 knots (nearly due north), so we waited … and had breakfast … and waited … and helped fix the IT connectivity … and waited … and had lunch … and waited … and set up a weather station with wind direction … and waited … and helped pull the ice cores that are being drilled near SAT camp (with the electric snowmobile!) … and waited … and constructed a reamer for our Kovacs boreholes.
And now its nearly midnight. Bob and I are hoping to get out to our North Drill Camp to conduct another melt experiment (this time monitoring the temperature of the near surface for the duration of the melt percolation). We will rise at 0530, buzz out there to apply the melt, and buzz back in time for camp’s morning meeting. Then Zoe, Bob and I will buzz back to North Drill Camp to do another snowpit.
Yeah, science! Cheers!