Quick Lunch Stop midst a Massive Whiteout
A steady wind straight out of the north is blowing. This does two things:
First, it blows in your face all day long making it feel a bit “raw” on the nose and cheeks.
Second, and perhaps worse, it pushes you south as you ski north. Though we clocked 12 nautical miles north today, we probably skied closer to 17 miles.
The “polar treadmill” likely stole 5 miles of our hard earned travel over the course of the day. When we sleep we are also drifting to the south. So what we really want and need is for the wind to stop blowing and the drift to calm down.
Despite the challenges, we remain in good spirits, and are looking forward to reaching 90 degrees.
We crossed 3 leads today, all of them in a state of motion, either closing before our very eyes, or opening and becoming wider.
It is very exciting and awe inspiring to see the ice in motion. What a force!