I know … what a bold statement to lead with. Its a very exciting time right now, though. Sleds are being buttoned up and vehicles are being fueled. This is huge!
How big is “huge”? Let’s just say the 2 Case Quadtracs we have with us are pretty large and in-charge! [for reference, that is a full-size Ford F-350 standing nose-to-nose with “Kununnguaq”, one of our Case Quadtracs]
This is also pretty historic. I mean, not only is this Thomas’ and my first traverse experience … we’re working at the historic transition where Camp Century was re-supplied from, back in the day. In fact, you can still see the ramp that leads “up” to the ice sheet, though in the time that has passed the ice sheet has, um, changed positions …
There is still much to do for Thomas and me. We have a few more boxes to close up and pack (though those will likely sit with us in the Piston Bully (PB), and we still have to pack our personal bags. Thomas and I also have some school work to attend to (I know! =D) … and with us leaving “civilization” soon, we really should get to it.
So, with that said … here’s a picture of what you’d see if we passed you on the street. In the foreground is “our” science Piston Bully towing our science sled [as Thomas notes, neither tent is for us to sleep in; we sleep on the ground, =D]. In the background – way back there – is another Case tractor pulling cargo sleds and our Wanigan. Enjoy (warm) showers, your couch, and evening darkness … just a few of the things we’ll long for as we ply the cold, vast whiteness of the Greenland Ice Sheet! Cheers!