Well, it finally happened.  The winter season is finally over, and we’ve had our first flights.  We were supposed to get our first new people on the 23rd of October, but due to weather and mechanical problems, they didn’t show up till Saturday.  Since then our station population has gone from a cozy 51 to a crowded 150!  Its nothing near the high population of 250 last summer, but its a hell of an adjustment for all the winterovers.  We’re actually still doing very well.  People have commented that we’re the best looking and most mentally sound group to have come out of this in a long time.

Traditionally the first plane is known as the plague plane because of all the strange new varieties of the common cold that it brings down.  None of us has been sick for the past 8 months, and we’ve all gotten quite used to each others germs.  Now we’ve got a whole new set of germs to have to deal with; so far I’m feeling find, and I’m drinking lots of OJ to try to keep myself this way.

Speaking of OJ, we finally got some more in.  The plane brought in about 1500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus a pallet full of beer!  They brought us Corona, Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams; I can’t believe how good it tasted.  My dinner last night was nothing but fruit and beer, and it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

Another welcome thing was a bunch of mail.  I finally got a few packages that were sent to me before the station closed, but that just didn’t make it.   Its a shame that they didn’t get in here sooner, but its still nice to have no matter what.

I’ve moved out of my nice room in the dome to one of the Jamesways in Summer Camp.  Its not nearly as nice as my old place, but seeing as that its only for another three nights, I don’t mind so much.  I’m still scheduled to be out of here on the 30th, and I can’t express how much I’m ready to see something else besides snow!

Its been fun!

About The Author

Henry has spent three winters living in Antarctica which funded his early explorations and adventures around the world. Now he holds down a full time job in Denver, CO and continues to make travel a priority in his life, both internationally, and on weekend warrior type trips.

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