August 15, 2008
After finishing up station work at 72.36N, 144.42W, the LSSL began a 16-hour 293 km steam south to meet a refueling barge. This break in the science work gave everyone time to take breath after the frenetic pace of the past weeks.
Even though we are now receiving satellite TV and are enjoying the Olympics, we decided that we need to stage an event ourselves.
Presenting the LSSL Intergalactic Olympics- The Heli Deck High Dive. The object was to drop a Diver (a small test tube) from the Bridge deck into a red bucket on the flight deck.
The Try-Athelon competition included a clever timed Pandora's Box competition: objects that had to be put together to match the picture on the lid. One person could actually do the assembling but could receive any verbal instructions.
The co-pilot seatbelt in the helicopter is quite a challenge. Under field conditions, getting in the helicopter requires focus and concentration. The blades are spinning making speech impossible, so it is important that you know what you are doing. Correctly putting on the lifejacket, seatbelt and headset is essential. Our truly wonderful helicopter pilot Chris Swannell has seemingly endless patience with us.
While it is important for our mental health to have fun and be silly, work still goes on.