Day 57: Gorgeous Weather, Enjoyable Day
Today's weather was gorgeous again, with blue skies, and a modest 5 to 10 knot wind.
For most of the day the terrain was fairly smooth and level. So looking ahead we could see for maybe 5 miles, but no sign of the buildings at the pole yet. Looking behind, we could see for a very long ways, and the sun glistened off the snow like a mirrored surface. The setting was very beautiful and expansive, and I enjoyed the day greatly.
I still can't get used to the fact that we're in Antarctica! Due to the expense I will likely never be here again, so I am enjoying it this time to the max. Of all the people on this year's expeditions, I am the only one who doesn't want to go home. Everybody else can't wait to get out, including Jenny, but I plan to stay until the last flight of the season.
This afternoon we started up yet another hill, and this one was rough with sastrugi also. Come time to make camp, we had to search for a good site, i.e., flat, large enough for the tent, and the right snow consistency. So tonight's view ahead is limited to the top of the hill. Still we can't see the main building at the pole, even though it is three stories high and not that far away.
My foot had been feeling strange, so I pulled off my inner sock for the first time this trip, and was surprised at how the foot looked. I seemed to have been skiing on the ball of the foot, weighting the ski heavily to the inside. I didn't realize that until now. I applied some salve to the splits.
Countdown: 17.9 miles to the Pole
Evening camp: S 89° 44.411' W 88° 24.736'
Today's mileage: 12.6 in 10.5 hrs