Thanksgiving Festivities

Although Thanksgiving was two days ago in the U.S., we celebrated it today. Even though it wasn't officially Thanksgiving, it still felt festive and special here at the station.

Turkey Trot

I started the day with a Turkey Trot -- a 5K race that goes from McMurdo Station up to Scott Base (the nearby New Zealand station) and back.

Map of Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot begins in front of the Chapel in McMurdo Station and goes up to Scott Base and back for a total distance of 5 kilometers.

I hadn't run in a while and so I hit the road slow and steady and eventually made it to the finish line right after Carl. I was in 80th place. Terry came in 4th place! It is a fun race, especially because runners often dress up in silly costumes.

A Turkey Trot runner
A runner dresses up like a Turkey during the Turkey Trot this morning.

The Big Meal

There are four different seatings for Thanksgiving dinner in the galley at McMurdo Station. My research team, along with the divers and other friends, ate our meal at three o'clock. We got in line early to make sure we could be seated all together. There was live music to entertain us while we waited.

Waiting in line for Thanksgiving Dinner
Our research team is near the front of the line for Thanksgiving dinner. Can you spot some research members in line and the musician in the back?

The galley chefs and staff work really hard to prepare a special meal for us on Thanksgiving. There were special side dishes, meats, desserts, and of course, plenty of turkey.

Side dishes
Side dishes like roasted vegetables, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, polenta with portobello mushrooms are eagerly dished out for Thanksgiving dinner.

A variety of pies are made for dessert.

Turkey and Steak
Steak and Turkey are carved and served for Thanksgiving dinner.

Although I am far away from my family, it is nice to look around the table and feel at home with my research family and friends. It was a lovely meal and a special day here at the station.

Thanksgiving Table
Our research team, divers and friends sit around the table at Thanksgiving dinner.

Michelle and Amanda
Michelle Brown enjoys some apple pie while sitting with Amanda Kelley.

Hut Point After Dinner

After dinner, my research team has a tradition of going for a walk to Hut Point. We passed by Discovery Hut and headed up to Hut Point, which overlooks McMurdo Sound. Although it was very windy and cold, it felt good to go for a walk after a big meal.

Research team at Hut Point
Our research team takes a photo at Hut Point after Thanksgiving dinner. From left to right: Terry Palmer, Andrew Klein, Steve Sweet, Carl Green and Michelle Brown.

Helping Out

After our walk, Carl and I volunteered to wash dishes in the galley. It felt good to volunteer and it gave me a sense of just how hard people work in the galley to clean up after us.

Carl Green in Galley
Carl Green smiles with a USAP staff member while cleaning dishes.

The Webinar is Fast Approaching!

I hope everyone can participate in our upcoming webinar. My research team and I will be giving a presentation about our work and life here in celebration of Antarctica Day. It will take place on December 1st, 10 AM Alaska Daylight Time, 11 AM Pacific Standard Time, 12 PM Mountain Standard Time, 1 PM Central Standard Time, and 2 PM Eastern Standard Time.

You can register here. Scroll down to the first event and complete the form.

I hope to hear from you all soon!

Brought to you by...

Today's journal is brought to you by Ms. Kasberg's class from Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School in Colorado.

Brought to you by Ms. Kasberg's class.
Today's journal is brought to you by Ms. Kasberg's class from Colorado.

McMurdo Station
Weather Summary
Sunny and windy
14 F
Wind Speed
17 - 25 knots
Wind Chill
-3 F



whats it like to not spend thanksgiving without your family

Retta J

how can you stand to be in the cold for so long, and have to were a jacket ever time you go outside.


How long does it take for your spit to freeze?


We use watches and clocks to tell the time. Night time is also a little cooler than daytime so that tell's us a little also.

Michelle Brown

status: 1Although I have not tested this, I believe it would take a bit of time for
my spit to freeze here. Of course it depends on temperature. When the same
question was posed to a scientist at NOVA, they said they thought it would
freeze instantly at -50 degrees F!

Michelle Brown

status: 1Hi Retta,
It's amazing what you can become acclimated to over time. For example, when
I lived in Texas, I could not get used to how hot it was outside! At first
it felt too cold outside here, although with jackets, hats and mittens it
feels nice and warm! After a while you get so used to wearing a jacket on
your way outside that it isn't a hassle at all. I keep my hat, sunglasses,
neck warmer and mittens all together in my coat pockets, so I have
everything I need when I get outside!

Michelle Brown

status: 1Hi Eric,
It was hard to not be with my family for Thanksgiving. Luckily McMurdo
Station does a really nice job making Thanksgiving special and my research
team was like a second family to me!


Hi Ms.Brown,Its Pattyann from Mrs.Hoffman's class and i wanted to sya welcome home! How was antartica? Did it feel different to be there the last time you went in 2011? I hope you had a greta time,


Hi Ms.Brown,Its Pattyann from Mrs.Hoffman's class and i wanted to sya welcome home! How was antartica? Did it feel different to be there the last time you went in 2011? I hope you had a greta time,

Michelle Brown

status: 1Hi Pattyann,
Thank you so much for the welcome! I'm very excited to come home.
Antarctica was amazing, and it definitely felt different to be there a
second time. I'm still here--but am about to head down to the ice runway to
fly to New Zealand! I hope to see you soon!


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