Geoff Sims @ UNSW
Home South Pole Diaries 2012/13 22nd December, 2012


Saturday, 22nd December, 2012

Lucky hat (Geoff)

This morning we were up bright and early to catch our 09:00 flight to McMurdo. After so many reschedules and cancellations, Daniel wore his lucky hat to make sure no more bad luck would roll our way.

We arrived, donned our cold weather gear, and awaited boarding.

The first sign that Dan's lucky hat wasn't working was when we heard we were flying in a Hercules LC-130. They are magnificent looking planes, but the flight takes twice as long as the Airbus A-319 (which we were hoping to fly on).

It was a full flight - 36 passengers and a lot of cargo.

Unfortunately shortly after they fired up the propellers (just long enough to test out our disposable ear plugs), they shut them down again and informed us a recent weather report had come in, and that we would be disembarking the plane. We waited in the terminal for an hour or so, before finally being told we weren't delayed, but rather the flight had been cancelled.

The only good news is that we are now scheduled for a 02:00 departure, and on the Airbus A-319, which will mean a relatively quiet, comfortable and fast journey to McMurdo. Please don't wear your lucky hat again, Daniel.

-- Geoff


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