May 23, 2009
While on the bridge, Ari picked up the book of Antarctic Geological Features names. In it, he found three structures named after different "O'Neills." One being a point on an island in the Gerlache Strait named O'Neill Point after Vincent Michael O'Neill for his radio work during the 1957 Polar Year. As we came passed it on our way back to Palmer Station, Rick and Ari pointed out which island it is and the exact point. So, we got a picture of it and Julie renamed it "Megan O'Neill" Point. Thanks, Julie! It also looked like there was a possibility of penguins (or at least I like to think of a flurry of penguins hanging out there on my point). As we passed the island, a rainbow also appeared just near it. It really stood out of the gray light that surrounded us while the sun was starting to peek out. Another spectacular day in Antarctica!
We made it back to Palmer in the afternoon after setting fish pots for the fishing team to be able to pick up tomorrow morning on their way out. Dinner at Palmer was so fabulous - Eric Cooper is such an amazing chef! He made an Indian meal with curry and other wonderful spices and even dessert that was out of this world, Began. I enjoyed it so much that he loaned me his cookbook to take on the ship and gave me recipes! I can't wait to try them out when I return home!