"We're in the right place at the right time."
Last night Dixie passed the phone around to the ladies so that they could express in their own words their impressions of this Antarctic odyssey. Rosa summed it up clearly by saying "We're in the right place at the right time."
Yesterday and today the team slogged predominantly uphill as their sleds politely tugged with each step forward. They continue to make strong, solid progress. This morning, Dixie and Bernice (who is an accomplished kiter) pulled out their 6 metre and 9 metre sails for a refreshing spin around their camp. Dixie and Bernice entertained Sylvianne and Rosa with their skilled manoeuvres while the two ladies enjoyed the opportunity to spend a reflective Sunday morning in camp.
This afternoon the team progressed to their new camp near Ulvetanna Peak where they are staying next to three larges nunataks. They were pleasantly visited by an Arctic tern, a bird famous for its migration. The Arctic tern flies from it breeding grounds in the high Arctic to the Antarctic and back again each year. Dixie suspects that there must be a nest nearby and will avoid contact to protect them from disturbance.
Their new camp coordinates are:
S 71° 44 04
E 08° 24 25
The spirits of this amazing team are as lofty as the surrounding peaks. The supreme beauty of Antarctica has rendered them in awe and they are determined to soak up the remaining days to the fullest.