Emperor Penguins
My first Antarctic penguins!

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.

Penguins and the Royal Society Mountains
Emperor Penguins with the Royal Society Range in the background. It was such a treat to see 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!

Penguin Buddies
There were over 15 Emperor Penguins on the side of the ice road leading back to McMurdo Station.

Emperor Penguins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Penguin

Penguins and the Royal Society Mountains
Emperor Penguins with the Royal Society Range in the background. It was such a treat to see wildlife!
Penguins and the Royal Society Mountains
Emperor Penguins with the Royal Society Range in the background. It was such a treat to see wildlife!

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