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Our Arrival to Palmer Station, Antarctica
On Tuesday January 3rd, the research team and I safely made it to Palmer Station, Antarctica. As our ship approached the station, there was a flurry of activity to get the ship docked at the pier.
Palmer Station will be our new home for the next four weeks. It is the smallest of the three U.S. research stations in Antarctica. It houses up to 44 scientists and support staff in all. Right now, we have 42 people living here.
Stepping onto the Continent
What would be the first thing you would do in Antarctica??? Since I am an avid hiker, the very first thing I did was check out the enormous glacier in my new "backyard!" It is part of the Marr Ice Piedmont, whose cliffs rise above Arthur Harbor and Palmer Station, covering the entire Anvers Island.
Here I am at the top of the Backyard
Some friends and I hiked the safe area of this enormous glacier. This area is actually called "The Backyard." It was a 450 foot uphill climb in thick, icy snow.
Check out the marine animal also hiking the glacier! This lone Gentoo penguin was sitting about halfway up the glacier. He seemed to be admiring the view too! Check out the photos I took of him.