On Saturday McMurdo Station celebrated Halloween with a groovy fiesta in the big gym. Before all the festivities the WAIS team pulled together for one last team as a group before we separate and deploy at different times. We went to Discovery Hut, sometimes referred to as Scott's Hut at McMurdo Sound, to reflect on the spirit of explorers. We are explorers. My knife bag is mangled and slashed as much as the bloodied bed posts of the hut. My hands are as rough as theirs. We will fight the elements, we will glide on ice, we will carefully pass the time in contemplation of where it is we stand and why... why we stand where we do. < Something felt, not completely understood nor need to understand, just recognize.