People have been bugging me to update, so here goes! It’s been a busy past month. When I last wrote anything I was gripping about people’s tendancy to isolate themselves in their room. Well, I’m happy to report that as the season has progressed, the social environment has greatly improved. People are getting comfortable with each other and the situation down here, and opportunites for recreation are plentiful. I’ve gotten myself into a comfortable routine, including a daily shift in the powerplant, and a weekly shift in the greenhouse. Speaking of the greenhouse, I’m quite impressed at how productive it is this year. We’ve got plenty of fresh salads, even considering that we’re feeding 75 instead of 51. Soon we should be even more prolific as the new greenhouse in the new station comes online. It’s under construction right now, and hopefully we’ll soon be able to enjoy twice the freshies that we’ve got now.

We’ve started brewing in the new station. Even though we’ve got plenty of beer this year, it’s still a lot of fun to get a bunch of people together and see what we can create. Our first two batches are currently fermenting, and I think we’re going to serve them up during a party scheduled for the first weekend of April.

Hmm, what else…the transition from the old dome to the new station continues on schedule. A couple of weeks ago the store moved into it’s new location, and we celebrated with the first party of the season. We had a wine tasting in the hallway outside the store (inside is crammed with beer…a beautiful sight!) and it turns out that we’ve got very nice selection. Speaking of wine, the old store has been completely redecorated into a wine/coffee bar. One of the beakers has spent quite a bit of his free time tearing out all the old shelving, bringing in furniture, and completely repainting the space. The grand re-opening was a week or so ago, and it was a blast. Most of the station stopped by at one point or another, and then after the wine was finished, we retired to the old traditional bar to continue the evening.

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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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