Holidays in McMurdo are pretty similar to holidays anywhere else, but with a certain Antarctic twist. The galley – where we eat every day – was decorated and festive, and it made it easier for us to celebrate away from home.
Several members of our team decided to hike/ski to Castle Rock. It’s a 7 mile hike from McMurdo to Castle Rock and back again, partially over soil and partially over snow and ice. If you want to hike it, you have to check out with the Firehouse and tell them when you expect to be back. If you don’t get back on time, they send a Search and Rescue party after you! It might be wonderful weather, but this is Antarctica, and certain precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of everyone living and working in McMurdo.
Which of your favorite holiday traditions do you think would be fun in McMurdo?
We shared a wonderful dinner, listened to carols, and after dinner we exchanged gifts (some of OUR favorite holiday traditions). Perhaps the most popular gifts were the wind-up toys. We were happy and thankful for spending it with friends in McMurdo. We hope you all had a great holiday season, too!