At Lake Bonney

Finally the weather cleared and the entire team had reached Bonney. We flew to help with the Bot-house construction at West Lake Bonney. The Bot-house is up and the carpenters are setting up the electricity and propane heating today. We took the morning off to fix up the stuff in our tent, and clean-up the East Lake Bonney living area.

It was a pretty miserable day for me yesterday.  The rooms at McMurdo are not cleaned for ages. In the process of vacuuming the room, I inhaled some dust that resulted in throat inflammation and trouble breathing. Getting sick in McMurdo is almost a right of passage – that’s what happens with 6 people per dorm room, multiple changing room-mates, almost  1000 people packed in small area, and hardly any cleaning of dorm rooms.

Anyway,  I hardly got any sleep the night before last, and then took the helo flight to Lake Bonney, and was out working (or at least trying to work) in the cold and it was pretty miserable. I did manage to stay warm and sleep well in my tent last night. I am much better today, though my voice is almost gone and I still feel a bit fatigued. Bill says that this is an adjustment phase and I will feel fine soon.

Vickie, Chris and Rachel getting ready for the helo flight to Bonney.

Vickie, Chris and Rachel getting ready for the flight to Bonney.

Chris and I in the helicopter.

Chris and I in the helicopter during flight.

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View during flight to Bonney.

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East Lake Bonney camp. This will be our home for the next 5 weeks.

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Myself in front of the Bot-house which is being set-up by the carps (for the most part) with Bill's supervision.

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Chris, Bart (on the stairs) and Kristof setting up part of the Bot-house.

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Some of our cargo (the robot's batteries) being unloaded from a helicopter).

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A helicopter flying a sling load. Background is Taylor glacier.

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One of our ATVs ran out of fuel on the way to Bonney camp from Bot-house. This is about 12 min at about 10 mph.The other ATV had to run back to Bot-house to get fuel.

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3 Responses to At Lake Bonney

  1. richie ahuja says:

    Hi Shilpa,

    So sorry to hear about the hardship, but then again its Antaractica…so this must be expected to some degree. Although losing your voice and throat inflammation does not sound good. Am glad you are better.

    Amazing pics…please keep them coming along with your blog posts…i do my best to track the same and enjoy them throughly.

    Be safe…

    Love,

    Richie

    • sgulati says:

      Thanks for the wishes. I was prepared for hardships, but this seems like unnecessary and preventable illness. Oh, well, I hope to be fully well in a few days.

  2. Carla says:

    These pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon.

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