I walked to hut point everyday while I was in McMurdo. It was amazing to see how much changed in 5 days during R&R. Hut point is about a mile walk each way from station and gives the best view of the water, plus many animals like to hang out there too.
Pictured below, the night before the storm when we had blue skies and a lot less wind.
Then, the storm set in!
Snow was blowing hard and sideways.
We got to watch the ice move out a little further everyday. This picture also shows the change in weather since the day before. They say once you can no longer see the mountains you have 45 minutes before the storm reaches station.
While we were out there the wind picked up making amazing ripples.
and the next day…… I SAW MY FIRST(semi close up) PENGIUN! He may not have been very close, but we were able to watch him moving around. He was all by himself so it is undecided if he is brave or just not very smart. There was a seal laying pretty close to him.