Temperature: unknown, but its the “cool” after an afternoon shower here at Kangerlussuaq
Food: The evening flight made for a delicious couple of “last” meals at Summit Camp. Lunch was a tasty risotto ravioli with white beans and Italian sausage (in a tomato base) plus turkey wrap and salad. Dinner was PHENOMENAL … beef tenderloin, green peas, honey soaked tempeh with cauliflower and, for dessert, berry crisp. I had THIRDS!!
There are many beliefs and superstitions surrounding a homebound flight from a polar region. I touched on one earlier (If there is a plane, get on it) … and one that Bob and Zoe both adhere to is NOT to pack before the off-deck (from Kangerlussuaq). Ken, the camp manager, put out that “bag drag” (when your check-in luggage should be assembled) was to be at 5pm. This flirted with disaster as the off-deck (departure of aircraft from Kangerlussuaq) wasn’t until 6.30pm. Luckily, all was good in the aviation world and the plane landed in absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather (“severe clear conditions”).
Bob, Zoe and I spent most of the day tying up loose ends and trying to stay busy. Bob and I helped dig out some low-priority locations (including the sewage outfall access pipe for the Big House … to post a “confined space” notice on a lid 2 meters under the snow!) before the next flight arrived, and Zoe continued to apply her “snowpit master” skills to labeling the mountain of ice core boxes sitting in the freezer trench. I even got to help Lana shovel out TAWO before her halogen sampling.
The sky is beautiful here in Kanger … and I’m anxious to see how “we” will fill our 2 days here before our flight back to the States. Thanks for paying attention, and I hope to find the time (now that I’m back in the land of sufficient bandwidth) to post some pictures. I’m also excited to hear more from Lauren and Julia as their field season is about to kick off!
That said, thanks again, Summit Camp! Cheers!