After yesterdays failed sampling trip we were determined to succeed in sampling today. We were so lucky for the weather that we had today. It was so clear and beautiful that we were able to see the Mountains in all of their glory. Better than that our sampling went smoothly letting us soak up the sun and take in the sights. While we were sampling at station E we saw the Clipper Adventurer entering the area from the Lemaire Channel. The Clipper was due for tours of the station earlier today but had some better sights to see on their way. We left E and while sampling at station B the 338 foot cruiser came by us with only three people out on deck watching their entrance to the harbor. I don’t know, but they must have been serving drinks or lunch inside for so few to be out in the beautiful weather. If I had paid $10,000 to get on a boat in Antarctica I would be stapled to the bow. This makes four boats in the harbor right now, Amazing! I had no idea that we would ever see anybody down here except for the scientists and staff. I have to say that it is not bad to have people coming around asking questions about what we are doing and being truly interested in hearing about science that we are conducting. It is also nice to see new faces and hear about the outside world. The New York Times is not always the way to get information.
Our other guests are the Canadian vessel Sedna IV, the Chicago Vessel of two Onora and the Spirit of Sydney from Australia. These boats are all sailboats. The Onora and the Spirit of Sydney are family owned boats that are on fun trips while the Sedna’s trip may be fun their goal is to complete a documentary about climate change in Antarctica. The crew that will be on this boat for the next year, during a winter over deployment, is the very same crew that filmed a documentary on climate change in the Arctic. They have very kindly given the station a copy of the series; it is five DVD’s filmed in HD. This series was on the Discovery channel. Last night they visited us and gave us a wonderful overview of their early filming and a nice little talk from a scientist on board studying cold tolerance in Antarctic birds. This was very nice and educational.
The Onora crew joined us for this presentation making this gathering even more special. Jim and Jean Foley have been circumnavigating the globe throughout their retired lives. This is their second long trip lasting 1 year. But 10 years ago they went on a 3 year tour of the world and traveled around the entire globe. They are documenting their trips on a web site at www.foleysail.com . We are all looking forward to seeing more of all of these people, we are talking about having them over for dinner tomorrow.