The flight from Christchurch to McMurdo is 4-5 hours. Unfortunately, it is common that the pilots take off with good weather over McMurdo only to have it close in and result in having to fly all the way back for the ultimate trip in vain. I have had to do this a number of times in Alaska and its no fun. However, today would be good weather. Not much to see below until we were about an hour out. The pictures below should speak for themselves for the spectacular views.
These views too me a while to figure out. These are snow drifts on clear. Pretty!
Remember I mentioned that they build the station on the slopes on an active volcano? See Mt. Erebus with a constant plume of smoke.
Then the station drifts into view.
Then a landing on the ice. No different than any concrete runway. Time to deplane.
And then get on a giant bus for the 60 minute ride to McMurdo. Like the name?
Check out the Mad Max ride going along side of the Terra Bus
More on my week at McMurdo tomorrow.