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25 December, 2001

"Christmas in Antarctica"

Christmas day for us! (Remember, we're one day ahead of you.) Because of the holiday, we begin work at 10am instead of 9am. The plan is to return to Handsome Son Bay (which is overlooked by Smart Son Ridge)to remove old flags and search a new area. Eight meteorites are discovered in this area.

Because my older son, Patrick, had asked me to name a meteorite for him, our PI, Ralph, consented to name "something" after him since meteorites receive a number, not a name. The new area we were searching was in a bay (or basin) overlooked by a ridge. So that my younger son would not be neglected, Ralph named the bay, "Handsome Son Bay" (as my older son calls himself) and the ridge, "Smart Son Ridge" (after my younger son, the computer wiz). Many areas and land formations in Antarctica have no names. An effort is being made to name ridges, mountains, basins, etc. after people who have influenced Antarctic science research. Although, the naming of this bay and ridge was very informal, who knows how long it will "stick"?

We left the field relatively early (3pm)in order to prepare dinner. Jaime, our mountaineer, is also a culinary academy trained chef! We actually had turkey sauted in butter and onions, stuffing with bacon, garlic mashed potatoes, and a green bean casserole. Delicious!

Gifts were exchanged after dinner and "A Christmas Story" was watched on DVD.

T'was a very nice Christmas. Merry Christmas to all!


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