I arrived in Kangerlussuaq yesterday evening with the 109th NY Air National Guard, having earned a cherished seat on one of their C-130 Hercules flights (not a bad way to fly... a bit loud but well made-up-for with the coolness factor). After a couple-hour delay waiting on aircraft repairs in New York, we finally got ourslves off the ground from Stratton AFB and with a quick stop in Goose Bay, Newfoundland we arrived about 7 hours after takeoff at Greenland's biggest airport, just in time for dinner in Kanger.
|Our C-130 at Stratton Air Force Base|
|Settling in on the plane|
|First glimpses of Greenland from the C-130|
Tomorrow, a couple of the GEUS guys leave to maintain one of the lower weather stations in front of the Russell Glacier (KAN_B), and I'll spend my afternoon testing all my intstruments and Iridium transmitters to ensure everything survived shipping and still works. It really doesn't matter how much we prepare for a journey like this... in the end there's never quite enought time to get everything done. "Do the best you can" is a mantra every field member learns early to live with.
Last sip for the night... most the team is off to bed already and I'd better follow if I'll be productve tomorrow. Good night from the Arctic Circle... the sun rises early again for us tomorrow!
(p.s. -- to Barbara: Love you babydoll!)