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Cargo loaded and now aboard the Araon

April 13, 2013

Rob writes:

Hola amigos!

We have been busy sorting our equipment and organizing our transfer from land to sea. In the few spare moments, we managed to see the sights and take a few photos.

Jennifer Bohlander and Rob Bauer await the arrival of the Korean icebreaker R/V Araon at the Punta Arenas pier. The NSF-USAP icebreaker R/V Lawrence M Gould is directly behind Jenn and Rob. The super-structure of the Gould's sister ship R/V Nathaniel T Palmer can be seen to the left of the Gould.

Jennifer Bohlander and Rob Bauer await the arrival of the Korean icebreaker R/V Araon at the Punta Arenas pier. The NSF-USAP icebreaker R/V Lawrence M. Gould is directly behind Jenn and Rob. The super-structure of the Gould’s sister ship R/V Nathaniel T Palmer is seen to the left of the Gould.

Jennifer Bohlander stands in front of the monument of Ferdinand Magellan in the main square of Punta Arenas.

Jennifer Bohlander stands in front of the monument of Ferdinand Magellan in the main square of Punta Arenas.

Ted Scambos, Rob Bauer, and Jennifer Bohlander at their hotel Diego de Almagro in Punta Arenas.

Ted Scambos, Rob Bauer, and Jennifer Bohlander at their hotel Diego de Almagro in Punta Arenas.

Most of our time ashore was spent in the DAMCO and AGUNSA warehouses, looking at inventories and tracking down extra gear.

Ronald Ross and Jennifer Bohlander locate and inspect cargo items in the DAMCO warehouse that they had shipped to Punta Arenas over the past couple of months.

Ronald Ross and Jennifer Bohlander locate and inspect cargo items in the DAMCO warehouse that they had shipped to Punta Arenas over the past couple of months.

Ronald Ross, Jennifer Bohlander, and DAMCO warehouse employee Francesco.

Ronald Ross, Jennifer Bohlander, and DAMCO warehouse employee Francesco.

We are aboard the R/V Araon now and enjoying a relatively smooth ride. I think that will change here pretty soon, as the swells seem to be getting larger. We are tying everything down so that it does not slide across the deck of our rooms and lab space.

We’re all in great spirits and are looking forward to getting our boots on the ice!

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