I was very glad my wise housemate suggested I bring some shorts and tank tops for just in case it was hot in Quebec, otherwise I would have been in thermals setting up my equipment in 40 degree heat. The past couple of days I have been busy trying to sort out where the boxes for my instruments would be on the bridge and where to secure them in place. Welding or U-locks? That was the big question. Using U-locks seemed like it would take up less of the crew's time so Allan and I walked in the blazing sun to the Quincallerie Martin to buy ourselves some bits and bobs to make sure these wondrous instruments would not fly off in the middle of some tremendous Arctic storm. Upon our return we found that the plank to get on board the Amundsen had been temporarily removed so no one could get on or off...and the clouds were looking black. A flash rainstorm ensued and with nowhere to shelter so we embraced the warm rain whilst waiting to get back onboard. Since it had been a long day and we were both dehydrated and tired from working in the heat, we thought we would indulge in a little of the ship's wonderful cake before attempting to secure the boxes to the railings. A good job we did too because with the second wind from a delectable, moist choccy cake, we attached the boxes successfully (see picture). A great ending to a hard day at work.
-Vickie Irish, NETCARE Graduate Student