Chris, Kristof and I fly out to Christchurch tomorrow. We returned our sleep kits and other gear to BFC and have to drop off our bags tonight. Bill and Vickie will fly out on Jan 2.
We reached McMurdo at around 10:30 p.m. on the 26th (Friday). We had worked very long hours for the past 4 weeks and everyone was exhausted. It was strange to suddenly see so many people and great to have access to things that we usually take for granted in our industrialized world – running hot water, hot shower, clean clothes, fresh vegetables and fruits.
We took Saturday off and I managed to sleep for 12 hours straight on Saturday night. We sorted through our lab stuff on Sunday to decide what stays here for next year’s mission and what goes back with us to Stone Aerospace.