Eli Duke

The Long and Winding Road to McMurdo

It always takes a couple days to get to Mcmurdo Station, but sometimes it takes a couple weeks! I left my home on October 17th, heading west. The flights can be pretty brutal, not to mention all the layovers, and this year was extra special with 13 hours in Brisbane! Thankfully I met a new Antarctica friend on the flight, and we really made the most of it (but then we didn't get into Christchurch until 1am). In total it was about 21 hours of flight time and exactly 48 hours from the moment I left my house in Portland to the moment I walked into my hotel room in Christchurch. And that's just getting to christchurch!

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Before I ever planted any real roots in Portland, I planted roots in Antarctica. It's hard to imagine planting anything in Antarctica, but I got absolutely hooked on the seasonal life at McMurdo Station. I did five summer seasons, October to February, over the course of six years. Now all of a sudden it's been TEN YEARS since my last season on 'the ice', so it's time to go back, baybeee!