Sunday, March 05, 2006

Sky Blu

I don't know if it's because I've been good or bad but was sent to Sky Blu for a spell. The main feature of 'Guantanamo Blu' (lots of people sitting around in orange overalls doing nothing...) is the blue ice runway which enables planes to land on wheels instead of skis. The main function here is as a refuelling and stopping-off spot for projects further south.

Being at 75 degrees south & 1300m high, the weather can be a little chilly. When it's -30 and 60km/h winds theres no incentive to go outside unless the pee bottle is full. It's at times like these that the Field Assistant's mantra of 'sleep till you're hungry, eat till you're sleepy' comes out.

However, when the wind drops and the sun comes out it does feel a bit more pleasant. Thats when the planes start flying and you're busy unloading fuel from big planes and putting it into little planes, then running back to the hut to give weather observations to the other pilots. And skiing......

Ant tying his plane down for the night.