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Spinning Yarn:
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on at the Hut

Spinning Yarn |At HutWe left Dunedin in 3m swells, most of us queasy, trying to find our sea legs. As we traveled closer to Cape Denison and Antarctica, a distance of 5000+ Nautical miles, the swells became less and less until we glided into Commonwealth Bay on a mirror sea….

Flotillas of penguins welcomed us as we zodiac-ed in to “shore” - a huge snow/ice bank with steps cut into it by the Expedition Reconnaissance Team. The seal were quite literally laid back and fearless and we gave them the benefit of the 5m Rule.

The sky was overcast, but that is actually better than blue because the contrasts of colour are so much more defined. Sunglasses are not as necessary. And, in “the Home of the Blizzard”, the windiest place on the planet, God blessed us with not one, but TWO days of NO WIND!

The Temperature was a balmy 0ºC and not the -5C from Mt Hotham or the -18C in the freezer, or the -10C of the Chill On Ice lounge that I had for practice. I had the additional blessing of spinning bare head and bare hands. For the whole 6hours we were on the ice.

Spinnning Yarn|With Adelie

At one point, I was checked out by a representative of the local Adelie Penguin population, and we had a ‘conversation’ for about 10 minutes while he tried to figure out what I was doing that was so different from all the other foreign ‘penguins’ on the ice. I say “he” because in my experience, it is the males that like to have a look at the mechanics of the wheel – the ladies are more interested in the end product….

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