10 November, 2003
When your hut smells like a seal has followed you home from work, it's definitely time to head to McMurdo for showers and laundry. And so, we did. It was just like a trip to town anywhere-don't forget the laundry, bring in the trash and recycling, go out to lunch, and check the mail-only town is 22km away over a packed snow road on top of 3 meters of ice.
We returned to camp in the late afternoon, just in time to watch a storm descend upon us. The strongest gust we recorded on our weather station was 54mph. At first it was just blowing and then a snow squall moved in. The snow continued for a bit more than an hour, while the high winds gusted throughout the evening. It was a perfect time to stroll amongst our seal neighbors to see what they were doing during the storm. Most continued to do what they usually do-lie on the snow-covered ice and snore away as the blowing snow covered them with a fine coat of white. When you're insulated with 14 cm of blubber a brief snow squall is hardly an imposition!
Our hut smells like seal
Is it clothes or new perfume
Time to do laundry
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