Getting here is just the start however. Over the next few days there is a lot of work to do before we can leave on Monday. All of the science gear for this cruise left Massachusetts in January, and many supplies and chemicals were directly shipped down here, so we need to make sure everything made it in one piece. The next few days will involve a lot of unpacking and setting up gear, finding all our supplies and making sure we have everything – once we leave the dock there is no turning back because something is missing. All the science party has to get kitted out with their ‘Extreme Cold Weather” gear (more on that later this week!) and make sure they have everything they need personally - it’s no fun going on a 5 week cruise to discover you forgot the shampoo!
Lets hope all those lists that were made many months ago covered all our bases!
Weather – 41F, 40 knot winds, cloudy and rain
Flying over the Patagonian Andes en-route to Punta Arenas is probably one of the most spectacular flights on this planet. Luckily the weather turned clear in time for us to see some of the amazing mountains, glaciers and fjords in this region.
The ARV Nathaniel B. Palmer, our research vessel for the next 5 weeks, at the dock at Punta Arenas.
Laura Robinson (left) and Andrea Burke (right) next to the ARV Nathaniel B. Palmer.