Food: Monday’s are “lunch leftovers” … as such, I chowed on t-bone, salad, fruit, puttanesca, Wat chicken, that potato and spinach soup, and the delicious gumbo from Sunday. Dinner was dominated by a fantastic pasta and crab dish (crab from the other night). There was also a mango shortcake with whipped cream – yum!
There is a polar adage (I first heard it while working in Antarctica) that goes something like this: “If there is a plane, get on it.” Our flight from Summit Camp to Kangerlussuaq is scheduled for 23 June. As such, I’m a short-timer … with just one more night and a wake-up before I touch down on the coast of Greenland in Kangerlussuaq. I’m definitely a mixed bag of emotions right now … excited to be returning to Hanover, but sad to be leaving Summit. The work tempo has been engaging, the science interesting, and the people here are ALL incredible.
Today Bob and I set out for my nearby melt site (dubbed “Giff site” by the Science techs) at 0630. We made it back to the Big House in time for the morning meeting (0800). A little breakfast and the three of us were off … to engage the “house mouse” tasking as a team. Yes, I was scheduled to be the “house mouse”, but as Bob pointed out, “that’s your pit, Giff … gotta finish it.”
After the breakfast chores were taken care of, Bob, Zoe and I made tracks for the melt site to dig another 2-meter snowpit. We again performed what we affectionately call our “CT scan” of the melt site. You basically mix together a lot of digging, a healthy dollop of shaving, and a smattering of NIR imaging and chemistry-sample collection … all in a day’s worth of work. Bob helped serve as mouse for the daytime stuff, shuttling between the Big House and the snowpit to help both us and Rosemary Garafalo (and that awesome crab pasta).
I will say here, however, that the clean-up for said crab pasta was pretty incredible, too. Alexandra “Alex” Arntsen and I (the next house mouse assists during the dinner before their day) set about cleaning all the dishes and whatnot from dinner … starting around 1900 (dinner is served from ~ 1800-1900), and we didn’t finish until sometime before 2100. Yep … it was epic. While I was washing dishes, Bob and Zoe returned to the snowpit to close it up.
Their return to camp (~2230) marks the end of our science tasking (*nearly). Tomorrow, I will “install” two passive melt experiments at “Giff site” to be dug up when I return with the IGERT group in late July. We’ve already seen some interesting stratigraphy in the pits that have experienced the “applied melt” experiments, and I am looking forward to see what happens after one month. We will also be packing up tomorrow … because when that plane comes on the 23rd, we want to be ready to “get on it.”