This just in from Gifford and Thomas who are traversing the Greenland Ice Sheet:
“We are literally knocking on the door to Summit Camp. We’re super close … we can smell it! We can smell their shower and running water, =D. Its been awhile since my last post. Days, as you might imagine, don’t change too greatly. Indeed, a lot of our days are spent bouncing around in a Pisten Bully. In fact, one day, through a rare and heretofore undocumented combination of wind, sun and snow, we witnessed the rare “ice sheet dinosaur”, a la Jurassic Park! RAWR! I suppose you had to be there to fully appreciate the enormity of it. Notice the genuine look of fear in Galen’s expression!
I am hoping to introduce you to more of the group. I snapped this pic of Pat, one of the mechanic/operators, the other morning. You’re probably wondering why someone would need tin foil on their windows. Well, it would appear that the A/C in his Case is not operative. “Did you just say AIR CONDITIONING,” you’re probably exclaiming … yes, yes I did. With the solar gain of his cab’s greenhouse, he has registered temps as high as 110 F!!! Let’s just say that by mid-day, he’s wearing shorts and flip flops!
As you might imagine, the sights on the ice sheet are phenomenal! Sure, a lot of it can be categorized as “flat” and “white”, but, as with most things, its the little things that make all the difference. The way the shadows dance around the sastrugi … the way the wind streams rivulets of snow across the brilliant expanse … or the way the sun makes the ordinary seem extraordinary!
Finally … you might be wondering if, with all this driving and whatnot, Thomas and I are doing any science at all. Well, short of sending out copies of our respective field notebooks, I assure you that we’re doing all that we can to make our Hanover-bound advisors happy. Trust me, =D ”