January 29, 2011 Was that a penguin?
I arrived in McMurdo after an uneventful cold deck flight from WAIS Divide. The last ice collected this season is now in McMurdo, safely in the SafeCore refrigeration units.
It was a magical moment as we broke through the clouds and I saw mountains for the first time in two months. Clear skies and breathtaking views of Mt. Erebus were a fabulous "welcome back!". To top off the excitement of being back in McMurdo, there were Emperor Penguins near the runway! I hadn't seen any penguins in Antarctica yet. It was a real treat to end the season with some beautiful Antarctic wildlife.
I am off to bed now after a quick bite to eat! It was a 3.5 hour flight and an hour bus ride back to town. I hope I dream of penguins tonight!