I left Christchurch around 6:00 pm Dec. 23 and arrived in Waco about 11:00 pm.
Dec. 23. Sounds like I had only a 5 hour trip home. WRONG!!! It was a 30-hour
trip. Remember that I cross the international dateline on the way home and
gained the day I lost when I crossed it going west. Most of the time was in
the air, but some of it was waiting around in airports. The entire round trip
from Waco to the South Pole and back again was about 27,000 miles and 15
different airplane trips. One of the trips and about 2,000 miles was the
boomerang flight from Christchurch to McMurdo. This was the flight that went
half way, then turned and returned to Christchurch due to bad weather in
McMurdo. That was the hardest flight of all.
I am happy to be home for the holidays. With the temperature in the high 40's
(degrees Fahrenheit) in Texas, I feel very cozy and warm. As usual, there is
no snow in Central Texas, but I can bring up wonderful memories of Antarctica
if I wish to visualize a white Christmas. What a magical and wonderful trip I
had. Do keep checking this web site for information as Randy and I read our
notes and share them with you. Please check the question
and answer page for
more information and do send questions that you want answered.