Hi Trekkers,Hello from Byrd Surface Camp on the continent of Antarctica
Can you find Antarctica on a globe or on a map?
I am traveling with my friend, Gary Wesche. He is a Polartrec teacher
Have you been reading his journals? They have great pictures.
Byrd Camp is located on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Antarctica has recorded the coldest temperatures on planet Earth.
Thanks to Mrs. Grantham's second grade class at St. Regis School in Kansas City I have a big red coat to keep me warm.
He is from the country of New Zealand and he is the camp mechanic. He can fix anything.
Good thing too because there are many big machines here in our camp
Do you see me in this picture? Look really carefully.
I wasn't being safe around the equipment. Good thing I'm already flat.
Everyone has to be watching out for danger around big machines.
This machine is used to push show drifts and to help load airplanes with cargo.
This week I went for a ride on a Ski Doo which is a snowmobile.
You have to wear a helmet but there were not any my size.
My friend, Logan, helped me with a helmet of my very own.
This is my science team.
They were having fun in this picture. Can you pick out the person on the team who was the smart one for wearing the correct clothes for Antarctica? His name is Chad.
My team works with radars that can collect information about the ice sheets.
They put the radars on an airplane and fly over the ice sheet to gather this data
After the flight part of the team uses large computer processors from Polar Grid to save the data in ways the team can then look at it.
The team uses graphs to understand their data.
This data will go to scientists all over the world to understand more about ice sheets.
There are about 50 people here at camp and my friend, Robert, is one of the cooks that feed us all
My friend, Chad, and I really like the food here.
I like the chocolate chip cookies the best!
I was here at Christmas time, and since there are no plants or trees here on the ice sheet we built our own Christmas Tree out of metal scrapes.
We even had a gift exchange and Santa left us his hat.
In the evenings we often play games like cribbage which helps me practice my adding.
I really enjoy hanging out with my new friends the flat penguins.
They say they may come visit me when I get back to Kansas City. I like new friends.
I hope you enjoyed your tour of Bryd Camp
Love, Flat Stanley,
PS My friend, St. Regis Eagle, says hi too.