Temperature: -13C (and very still)
Food: Sundays are leftover days … and today was fantastic! Lunch was a mix of puttanesca and Wat chicken. Dinner was a tag-team effort from Dave Tanner and Terry Gacke – chicken/sausage gumbo with white and brown rice. Yum!
Sundays are usually slower since the camp staff have it as a day off. Bob and I set up the data logger out at the new snowpit site, which is between the “Bamboo forest” (a snow accumulation site) and “Swiss Tower” (an instrumented ~30m tower), and Zoe spent a large part of the day organizing the freezer trench that is holding all of our ice cores and snowpit chemistry samples (at approximately -20C). Bob and I joined her when we were done, and the work brought us to dinner.
The discussion of firing up the sauna was brought up over a bowl of gumbo … and it was quite the Summit Camp experience. A small, wooden structure with a preway (to heat the rocks/water) exists between the Greenhouse and the Shop. It is the Summit Camp Sauna (with a black outline of Greenland and the year “1992” on the front). The temperature inside was ~ 165F! Amazing how quickly a well-insulated, small volume can heat up! There were four of us tonight: Sanja Forsstrom, Luke Nordby, Marie McLane and myself. We would sit inside, chatting, until the heat was too much to bear … at which point we ran outside and rolled in the snow. This was repeated 4 times tonight.
Afterwards, I had my first shower of the field season. It was great! I realize that it has been a few days since my last shower (in Kangerlussuaq), but the reality of having to melt ALL of your potable water implies that showers are NOT a daily occurrence. Still … a stand-up shower at a field camp? Quite comfortable!
Tomorrow … a mix of science and “House mousing”. Cheers!