2 January, 2003
Transformers in McMurdo
Many of the vehicles here remind me of the toy "transformers" that have weird parts in order to make them work in a variety of situations. McMurdo has "dirt" roads which really is crushed volcanic rock (no paved roads). There can be a lot of snow and ice in town but it's relatively free of that now. This necessitates a range of wheels and traction devices that certainly gets your attention when you first get here. "What in the world is that?" is a common question but a way of life for those who have been here awhile. Of course getting out to the runway on the ice of McMurdo Sound presents it's own special challenges. Incidentally, now that it's warming up the ice runway has been shut down and the structures have been moved off the ice. Williams (or "Willie") Field on the other side of the Kiwi's Scott Base will be the primary airfield now.
Happy New Year!!
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