We spent today in the town of McMurdo boxing food, trying out new tents, and delivering our camping gear to the helicopter pad. The flight schedule has us lifting off for Mt. Morning at 3:25 p.m. Monday. Until then, we’re free to explore the parts of McMurdo we haven’t seen yet.
For a town with, at most, about 1,200 people (all of them transient), McMurdo has a lot of surprises. We started discovering them our first day, when we noticed a line forming behind a soft-serve ice cream machine. Later, we met a traveling doctor and a green thumb, visited a waterfront chapel, and noticed a few skuas being crafty. Now that we’ve been in Antarctica for nearly two weeks, we’re starting to learn our way around. These eight snapshots are just the first layer of life beneath McMurdo’s surface.