Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 4, October 28, 2012 -- The clothes make the man

On Sunday, I went to the USAP Clothing Distribution Center (CDC) to be outfitted with my Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear that everyone deploying to the ice is issued. It was there that I realized I had brought way too much stuff -- one of the advantages of living in Minnesota is that I already have a whole bunch of clothing suitable to significantly sub-freezing conditions (though probably not the"extreme" cold that Antarctica can have). So I brought a fair amount of that stuff with me...and once I got to the CDC I realized it was mostly redundant with clothing we were issued. Ah well.

On the way to the CDC I met up with a few members of another CMB telescope, the Keck Array, who were also heading to the Antarctic. While their final destination is the South Pole Station, they have to go through McMurdo first. I also met up with Franky at the CDC. After we got our clothing, we went to grab a beer at a bar just outside the City Centre area. Afterward, Franky and I went to a place called the Brewers Arms which offers a "Wild Meat Plate" that includes pork, kangaroo, ostrich, and venison, all served on a hot stone. For what it's worth -- kangaroo is delicious.


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