Today’s song: Setting Forth, Eddie Vedder

JCR_200_76goingup JCR_200_77 JCR_200_78 JCR_200_80 JCR_200_81 JCR_200_82bigmac JCR_200_84 JCR_200_83 JCR_200_85 JCR_200_86At our return to the base we got some good news. As the work progressed well in the morning and the weather was holding well the Captain allowed all scientists to stay on for the rest of the day. This allowed us go to the other side of the island and to pay a visit to Big Mac. This time our guide was Glen one of the scientists who would be going back with the ship (as it would turn out he’d sharing the cabin with Sebastian and me). The start of our walk took us up one of the small stream beds that flows down the valley were the base is located. These streams provide some sort of pathway up the hillside covered by pouts of tussock grass. Nevertheless our route took us through the tussocks again (and yes I managed to put my feet in some gooey stuff again).  Almost al the way up the hill seals could be found lurking around. At one point the landscape flattened out and we passed a small pond as we went over another ridge we came to boggy meadow lands and the seals were gone. We made a small detour towards the north to have a look at the Cordall Stacks, Massive cliffs protruding from the sea. Afterwards we continued our way to the west across the meadows. Instead of the seals there were Giant petrels and wanderers scattered around the place. As we continued our way our feet would compact the upper vegetation and water would seep through the ground. Surrounded these by huge birds we continued our way. After another stretch of tussock we came upon Payne Creek. Creek might be a confusing term in this instance because this is rather a gorge or an in let with tall cliffs on both sides. The ones on the left are exposed rock and covered by macaroni penguins.  These penguins thank their name to an 18th century fashion where young men would wear flamboyant feathers in their hat. The same term was also used in the American revolutionary song Yankee Doodle. The opposite side of the gorge was steeper but had more vegetation and was home to a colony of grey headed albatrosses.  After spending some time there looking at these birds we went back to the base to get a hot cup of tea and to get ready to go back to the ship.  However the ship decided that the people returning from the base would not have to board the ship until the following morning. At this the base invited a small number of people to stay at the base as well. As it turned out it be Nerys the doctor and me. It was a great experience just to sea a glimpse of the life José and the others have on a base.  While the ship is a place where a lot of the daily things like preparing meals is done for you, a base works much more like a tight student home. Every day somebody will cook a meal for everybody to enjoy sitting