by Guest Blogger
July 25, 2005
It’s a beautiful Sunday. Warm enough that the hammock is out on deck for
the first time this trip, but nobody’s using it. Pretty much everyone
who has the day off is hiking on shore. For some though, their duties
are keeping them busy.
Hughie is working with a helicopter mechanic who’s flown in for the
weekend. Nearby Kulusuk is a major airport for East Greenland, so it’s a
rare chance to get some operational maintenance done.
Martina and Melanie (campaigners) somehow seem to be in meetings all
day. Funny how you can take the campaigner out of the office, but…
Anyway, I sat down with Martina to talk about how this weblog is going.
We’re half way through the Greenland leg of the tour, so it’s a good
time to reflect on what has worked so far and what we could do better in
the second half. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post them in
And if you’ve been following our tour, but haven’t taken action yet on
global warming now is also a good time to start. Weatherize your house,
buy compact fluorescent light bulbs, ask your power company if there is
the option to buy electricity from renewable sources. There are plenty
of things regular people can do to help. If you’re in the U.S., your
action is especially needed. The changes we are seeing, and hearing
about from Greenlanders, make it very obvious that we should all really
be doing more.
Speaking of changes, Gordon and Leigh have finished their second set of
measurements on Helheim glacier. They’ll do two more sets, finishing up
at around four next morning. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know what the
results are when we get them.
[Photo: Hughie sets the helicopter down on an iceberg next to the
Arctic Sunrise during a test flight.]