After two weeks, I have finally settled into work at the water plant. Things can be pretty slow here but let's say I have found some creative ways to pass the time....I am now working my own shifts and am the solo operator every other day from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. That leaves me with every other day off, a novelty around here where most folks work ten hour days, six days a week. I have been trying to make the most of my free time and have been teaching myself to skate ski. The rising summer temperatures have forced the move of the working runway from the early season Ice Runway on the sea ice to Williams Field. Williams Field lies on top of the McMurdo ice shelf which, unlike the annual deterioration of the sea ice, remains solid through out the year. The road out to "Willie" is serviced by hourly shuttles and is thus open to solo travel. This road has an ideal surface for skating and round trip takes about two hours. Thus, I have spent a few magical afternoons skating along, listening to my i-pod and completely surrendering to the beauty of the landscape.