We arrived on November 7th after a 5 hour journey on a C17 (military aircraft) from New Zealand. We landed on the sea ice in front of McMurdo and were greeted by “Ivan the Terra Bus,” a slow-moving vehichle with enormous tires designed to travel on ice and snow. We’re at McMurdo until November 15th sorting, packing, and weighing gear and equipment to get ready for the 2 1/2 month field season. It’s been a hectic week. Everything is ready to go. Tomorrow we’re taking all of our stuff to the helicopter pad and, if the weather is good, we’ll be seeing penguins in two days.