11 November, 1999
The departure day has finally come. We are all so excited and hope the plane will take off. The check in time was delayed twice this morning, but we remained hopeful. Finally the word came to put on our clothes and move to the check out area. Since the weather in the Antarctic is so unpredictable it is possible to fly more than half way to the ice and then be turned back. On this day we are lucky. We board the plane at 3:00pm New Zealand time and after 5 hours land at McMurdo base Antarctica. The plane is hardly first class conditions by many standards, but spirits are high and everyone is full of anticipation for the adventures ahead of us. I am lucky and am offered a chance to ride in the cockpit for a while and take some great photos. The first impression of this vast land is the single color WHITE.
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