The southerly winds over the last few days drove what ice there was south of the polar pack well clear of our last two most northerly stations. The Chief Scientist and the Captain were both quite happy, it allowed for stress free occupation of the two stations, one of which required position keeping for almost seven hours. Ice in the vicinity would have added extra challenge that neither really wanted. Many of the crew were disappointed, hoping as they were for one last chance to be amongst the ice and possibly see a polar bear.
It was quite a shock to log onto Tumblr the other day and actually see the last time I posted a blog.