Thursday, November 24, 2011

24 November Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Antarctica, everyone! In case you were wondering, yes we’re celebrating too!

A wire turkey, made by MT Kelley
The cooks aboard the ship have been hard at work preparing a Thanksgiving dinner complete with all of the Thanksgiving essentials – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, etc.

The Thanksgiving lunch menu
The food tasted great and there was more than enough for everyone to have their fill. Personally, being a dessert girl, I felt it was necessary to sample not just one, but three of the five available desserts. I started with a Thanksgiving classic – pumpkin pie. The filling was made with real pumpkin straight from the squash and the crust was perfectly cooked. I then chased that with a bowl of ice cream which I washed down with some delicious apple cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Delicious pumpkin pie and apple cobbler.
Immediately after lunch Thanksgiving we watched the Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and France. Not quite football, but it’s still a bunch of men running around with a ball and tackling each other, so the spirit was the same.
Unfortunately, because everyone is working on different shifts, there is rarely a time when everyone is up all at once, so just to make sure everyone gets their fill of Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating not once, but twice! First at lunch for the 12 – 12 crowd, then again at dinner for the 6 – 6 bunch. I’m also betting on leftovers at midrats. Hopefully there will still be some pie left by then, because once the lunchtime food coma sets in I’ll be sleeping soundly until my shift starts at midnight.
On another note, we’ve reached the final stretch of the cruise. Tomorrow will be our last day of science before returning to Palmer Station and then heading back to Punta Arenas. We’ll be heading to Flandres [Not a typo] Bay for our final stations where hopefully we’ll get some sunshine, calm waters, wildlife sightings, and photo opportunities during small boat ops.

Melissa M (a.k.a. Little Melissa, a.k.a. Munchkin, a.k.a. Muffin)