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Birthday, first flight, and almost outa here!
09/23/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

Well, it has been a while since my last post, I'm still here and kicking. The last month has been the time we call Winfly. It's the between time . Between winter and summer. It is a very busy time for us here as we bring the town out of mothballs and get everything ready for the summer ahead. During this time the winter folk wake up and warm to the ideal that we will actually be getting out of here soon and the people the came down for winfly move in and start assuming some of the jobs we have been doing. Today winfly ended and Mainbody or the summer season has offically started with the first flight. I sent one plumber home today and 2 more on Saturday. I'm down to 13 days till freedom.

I've just celebrated my third birthday on the ice. 46 years old...wow never thought that would happen. In response to my birthday I have written my Obit. Somebody wise told me it was a good way to assess your life. Kind of a check up for your dreams and aspirations. Though the version I have posted below is edited for public consumption. I find that even though I haven't accomplished yet what I thought I wanted I have fallowed the theme that I wanted for my life ...somewhat. So here it is;

James Rodgers Walker ( Wally) 1964-2010. Survived by 4 wonderful children Joshua, Sara , Mary and Matthew, Mother Susie and father Ed, 2 bothers Patrick and Andy and a sister Susie , Two ex-wives Jean and Sabrina, a Multitude of nieces and nephews. A veteran of foreign wars as a member as the U.S.Army Special Forces and served his country honorably.
Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband and Student of the world, Wally was a Jack of all of these and Master of none of them. With a life full of love , travel and adventure he left no property behind to be squabbled over and spent his time chasing his dreams .

Writing my Obit has opened my eyes to the good and the bad of my life and what I need to try and accomplish before my next birthday. It was a good life check and would suggest it to everybody.

12 days and a wake up! If the weather holds up. I'll be sitting in Christchurch soaking up the warm sun and all the smells and noise that is the world every where else except here. The sun is out here, big and beautiful. But, it is just a tease because you can't actually feel it on your skin. It's still that cold here. Have I ever mentioned that I hate cold weather? Go figure.

Cheers
Peace, Love and the smell of fresh cut grass.....Ummm

W

10/15/2010 | Susie
Hey Wal - you've done more than most have ever dreamed of doing. If I were writing your obit...I would have to say that you were a man who truly LIVED life! Look at how loved you are...even by both your ex-wives...how many people can say that? You keep on living it brother!!!
Antarctica
08/28/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

Antarctica. The big, cold, lonely, dry, dead place. Sometimes dark , sometimes light, rarely both in the same day. Antarctica is however always a beautiful place. What makes this place, that is so harsh and un- forgiving that nothing lives here, so beautiful? Is it the unspoiled and unconquered terrain? Is it the pristine and majestic mountains? Is it the air that is purer than anywhere else on the planet? Is it the skies that are so clear that in the darkness you can see the colors in the Milky way above or during the light , that lets you see fine detail in the mountains that are hundreds of miles away. Or is it the raw power of nature the surrounds you here and effects you daily. Yes. And so much more.

To me the most beautiful thing about Antarctica is all the above mixed with the color that the light paints everything with. Antarctica is basically a black and white place. You have the snow and ice that cover everything. Any rock or soil that is exposed is black. There is nothing that grows here to give us any color. But the sun or light from the unseen sun, paints everything here in so many colors. Vibrant pinks, reds, yellows, and oranges, colors that are so clean and undisturbed. Colors I imagine , a artist sees in his head, but can never achieve with mere man made paints and dyes. Or capture with any film. This is pure color, color that is untainted by atmosphere, color as it was all over when the world first came into existence.
As I sit on the side of a hill and look out over the frozen world laid out before me, I am mesmerized and in awe at the beauty my eyes take in. It is like starring into a night's star filled sky and feeling small. I feel small, humble and very lucky to be right here, on this harsh frozen continent.

Cheers

W /)~~~~

08/31/2010 | Susie
It's like Antarctica is God's canvas! He continually paints new pictures on it every day! So amazing that you are able to be there to witness such beauty and pureness!
09/17/2010 | susieaki
Wow! Never thought I much wanted to go to such a "barren" land, but now I wish it was possible to see what you see. How very perfect! Nothing to disfigure or taint the view! Enjoy for us all, you are our eyes. You share it with us beautifully. Love ya and will be seeing ya soon. Mom
09/21/2010 | dee somerville
HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!

love & prayers,
mom in WV
Winfly
08/15/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

Well, it has begun. There is all kinds of strange people roaming our hall ways and Dorms. They have tans, they move fast, and they are loud....very strange and disturbing. But they did bring fresh fruit offering to us....that's the only reason we are letting them stay :)

Time to shake off the winter's mental funk and rejoin the living.

Peace, Love and Coconuts

W

08/15/2010 | susie aki
Hey Wally, where is the picture taken??? How wonderful to have Mary there! Please fill me in. Mom
08/15/2010 | James Walker
That is roll cage Mary. She is located on one of the hill tops over looking the sound.
08/22/2010 | Susie
Awesome!
The days are Dwendling down.
08/08/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

Still no sun...but it is light for 4 or 5 hours a day now. It's amazing how that little bit of light can really energize you. Man, I have missed the sun! It won't be much longer, about a week and the sun will actually break the horizon. I know now why so many old cultures worshiped the sun. I'm going to have my own " sun welcoming party" on the 22 of Aug.

We are all busy here preparing the airfield and station for the onslaught of people coming in at Winfly, which starts this Friday. Time is flying by, almost to fast. It won't be long before I will be packing my bags and getting out of here. I did get my re-deployment date of 30Sept, but that is subject to mother natures will. I'm under 2 months! Wow!

I am looking forward to getting out of here and back to civilization, and I'm not. It seems the world is really messed up right now...everywhere. Maybe I've been watching to much news. It seems the the news is just bad, and intended to just keep us all scared. Fear is control. I really don't want to get caught up in all that...ever again. I'm pretty much done with all that. I just want to be left alone to live my life the way I want. I think that was the original ideal in the U.S., but that is gone and I'm afraid that we have sold ourselves cheaply and without any real hope of getting it back. MAybe I'll change my nationality, I'll become Mexican! Yeah, I'd have more rights and the U.S. government will pay for all my needs! I wonder if I will have to learn to speak Mexican to become one? ....Ok that's it for my political rant...Sorry.

Well until next time...

Peace love and first sunrise!
W


08/15/2010 | susieaki
Hi Wally, love reading your report!! How great that your first day of the rising sun this year will be the feast of Queenship of Mary - August 22! We, too, are looking forward to your homecoming. Wish things were a little better here, hopefully we the people will make a big difference and change in November! We are in the middle of our 100 plus weather here. I have to admit though, I will have to favor it over -53 degrees there. Stay warm, see before not too long. Much love, Mom
I'm Back
07/21/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

Well the sun is showing as a glow on the horizon. We are De-winterizing building. Winfly starts in less than a month, and I'm dreaming of warm places. That all means that I'm almost finished with the season on the ice. I still have 2 months, but hey, who's counting. It's the down hill run. I feel my spirits raising every day.

There is a lot of grumpy people on station right now. That will soon change as the sun gets closer and closer and everybody starts there vacation planning. This is going to be rough on me. To hear everybody talk about where they're going and the good times there going to have this year. I have decided to just head straight home. But don't fret for me. I'm just following a dream. Shortly after getting home I will head out on the road looking for my new sailboat, and my passport to endless travel and adventure.

So, here's to the coming sunshine and warm dreams....If you happen to know of anybody with a nice cruiser for sale let me know.

Cheers from the not quite as dark side of the earth.

W

07/28/2010 | Susie
I'm going to need you to "take me away" with you on that sailboat...they don't sell Calgon anymore! Ugh! Need a get a way!
08/02/2010 | Susie
By the way....this beach looks a lot like my "Dreamwalk" beach! LOVE IT!
08/07/2010 | susie aki
WELCOME BACK ONLINE!! MISSED YOU! GLAD TO HEAR THAT THE SUN WILL SHINE AGAIN SOON! AS HOT AS IT IS HERE, I WOULD HATE TO THINK OF NO SUN FOR SO LONG. GIVES YOU MUCH TIME TO CONTEMPLATE! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON. DO YOU NEED A CARE PACKAGE SENT FROM HOME? WHAT DO YOU NEED? ALL IS WELL HERE. ED AND I LEAVE TUESDAY FOR BOSSIER CITY TO WIN OUR FORTUNE.....OR LOSE IT! I GOTTA THINK POSITIVE! WIN! WIN! LOVE YOU AND LET US HEAR FROM YOU. LOVE MOM
08/08/2010 | James Walker
Hey Mom, I good as far as care packages go. I'll be sending one your way soon though....Hot sause!
Con 1/ Con2, Mostly Con 2 storm.
07/08/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

The weather has started acting up a little. We have had a Con 2 storm hanging around for the last 2 days, Con1 at times. Con 2 storms are when the wind gets up to about 50 knts or visibility drops down to a 100 feet. Con 1 is a full on Gale. Winds in excess of 50knts and zero visibility. Usually they are pretty devastating to the station . It will blow apart buildings and equipment. And quite hazardous to be out in because of flying debris and no vis. This storm is on the minor side but it is exciting because it is the first real storm we've had all season, which is uncommon.

Check out the video on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQklrzdX-f0

Cheers
W

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