Latitude: 62 03.489N Longitude 174 41.058W
Yesterday we bid farewell to the ice and it was a perfect finale! After backing and ramming for hours to travel just a few miles through intensely thick ice that rocked the boat with its "rubble fields" and "ridges", we arrived at our final ice station!
Gloveless and sporting t-shirts under our MSD900s we hit the brow ready to drill cores and collect samples for one last glorious day before real spring takes hold and the sea ice begins to disappear into open-ocean.
We wanted to stall, drill just a few more cores, collect a few extra samples... any reason to stay off the boat but eventually we did have to get back on board. We are now headed back into the excitement of the bloom with the frenzy of activity that accompanies it. I will miss the ice but I sure won't miss getting dressed for it!...