Friday, July 17, 2009

Shimmer and Fizz....

After much procrastination. I have finally named my small jewelry business "Shimmer and Fizz".
You can now find me online at .

All of my jewels are handcrafted, unique and easy to wear. I use Sterling silver, Thai silver, gemstones, glass and a few other "ingredients". All items are listed with the materials and components that they are made up of, in case of any allergy. I'm working on putting as many pieces as I can online. For now, as I am just getting started, there is only a small selection of what I have.

If anyone has any questions or special requests, please let me know! Please also feel free to pass this along to anyone you may know that might be interested.

Thanks for checking out my little shop.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Geoff at Summit Camp, Greenland

Geoff This building is called the big house. This is where most people spend a lot of their free time. It is also where the kitchen is located and meals are served. The building contains an office, bathroom, washer and dryer, place to watch movies, dining tables, dish room and a walk in cooler.

This is the Greenhouse. My home. The camp staff live here including the camp manager, cook, mechanic, equipment operators, medic, and science techs. There is a small kitchen here, a TV room, washer dryer, shower and bathroom. It is really nice compared to where I could be living if I did not get my new job.

Tent City. This is where I would have been living if I did not get offered a new job as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Most of the construction staff live here.
No they are not heated.

My office.
When I was at Raven Camp I received a message to call Kathy the camp manager at Summit Camp. She offered me a job as a Heavy Equipment Operator. It pays more than my job as a trades helper and I get my own room in the greenhouse instead of a tent. So my days are mostly spent climbing in and out of the Caterpillar 933. My duties include filling the snow melter to provide enough water for camp. At this point about 300 gallons a day but our population is going to almost double to more than 30 next week. That means lots more snow melting for me. I also take care of preparing all of the cargo that needs to leave here. The rest of my day is spent doing whatever tasks need to be completed. I carry a radio and get a call whenever anyone needs a machine to do something.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Some more time in Kangerlussuaq.

After spending a week at Raven Camp I flew back to Kangerlussuaq where I was supposed to spend one day before flying to Summit. Well we got delayed and were there for four days.
This is a picture of my friend Chris Mountain Biking. It was actually a lot steeper than it looks.

It was nice to have some time off and it was warm most of the days. As you can see from the picture of town, most of the snow is gone. The temperatures were in the 40's and 50's during the day. I spent most of my free time hiking, Mt. biking and running. I even ran in shorts one of the days.

This picture is from the plane on my way back into Kanger from Raven.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Camp Raven, Greenland

These are some pictures of where I spent the last week. It is called camp Raven. Two people, Drew and Silver are stationed here for the whole summer season. There main purpose here is to keep a ski way groomed for the Air National Guard to practice landing ski equipped LC-130's.

The first picture is of DYE II. The DYE sites are the Greenland section of the DEW line. The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line began on 15 February 1954 when President Eisenhower signed the bill approving the construction. It, was designed and built during the "Cold War" as the primary line of air defence warning of "Over the Pole" invasion of the North American Continent. They were then abandoned around 1986. A typical waste of government money.
We went inside and toured around. It is an amazing structure. It is also sad to see that they were just left with millions of dollars of equipment and parts inside.

This building is called the E-Shack. It is an emergency shelter and where I slept for the last 3 nights I spent there. It was nice and warm if the wind wasn't blowing too hard.

This is where I spent the first three nights. It is an Arctic Oven tent. Nothing oven like about it.
I was comfy and warm in a -40 degree sleeping bag. It was just cold getting ready for bed and getting dressed in the morning.

Me bundled up.
I was going to add more pictures but the internet isn't working very well right now.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Geoff in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

This is a picture of Kangerlussuaq, taken from a hill just outside of town. This is where I am staying for the first two weeks of my time in Greenland. I live in one of the buildings in the line of structures in the bottom right of the picture.
On April 20th I will leave here to go to a field camp called Raven Camp. It is a small camp staffed with two people. They basically maintain a skiway for the Air National Guard to do training. I will be at this camp for about 10 days helping to set everything up. There will be five of us there for the 10 days.
When I get back from Raven Camp I will head to another camp called Summit Camp. It is kind comparable to the South Pole Camp in Antarctica. While there I will be helping with construction projects. I leave there somewhere around June 23 and should be back in CO by June 25th to see my beautiful wife.
I will try to post more pictures soon but the internet is not cooperating with me right now.

Greenland Pics

This is me at the edge of a glacier. This glacier is one of the many coming off of the ice shelf. It is about a 45 minute ride from town down a dirt road.

The two black dots in the picture below are Musk Ox. I promise. They wander free around here and are hunted regularly. These are the first two that I saw.

This is what happens to the Musk Ox heads. They get left in a pile in the middle of town. Musk Ox is a large part of the diet here. It is actually pretty tasty.

A Greenland Sunset. This picture if for you Danielle.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Car!!!

We bought a brand new car. A Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. This is exciting for me because this is the first new car I (Geoff)
have ever owned. Unfortunatly I am in Greenland so it is Danielle's car for now.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

South Pole Station

I was lucky enough to go to the South Pole again this season. Above you can see the pictures from the Geographical Pole and the Ceremonial Pole (the much more festive one). It was a quick turn around trip with just a bit of ground time. Enough to get your picture taken at both Poles, walk in the new station... and lucky for me my friend was there to show me her room and quickly get me back to the plane to head back to McMurdo.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Girly Girl

Yes. I do find myself hilarious.
I am not sure exactly what I am doing....
BUT I am obviously cracking myself up.
Hat and earrings both made by me.


Only a few more weeks till warm sun, good food and good beer. These are the days that my cravings for fresh vegetables and fresh meat grow stronger and stronger. The food in McMurdo has been the worst this year. I have never been one to rave about the menu, but it is well agreed upon that this season is the pits. I have compile my top ten places I am going to eat when I arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand. Those who have traveled there may know them well.

one.... Sala Sala
sushi, miso Soup... yummy. I adore the Canterbury Roll. geoff loves their Spicy Tuna Roll.

two.... Dux De Lux
a brew pub offering wonderful vegetarian fare. we enjoy drinking their Norwester Ale, eating nachos and sitting outside talking with friends. The also have great salads.

three.... Dimitris Souvlaki Bar
inexpensive and delicious. i get the chicken souvlaki

four.... The Twisted Hop
a newer brew pub that geoff and i discovered last year.

five.... Two Fat Indians
indian food. i heart chicken korma, medium and garlic naan. accompanied by a Monteith's Celtic.

six.... The Brewer's Arms
ostrich, kangaroo, wild boar... and lots of beer on tap.

seven.... The Coffee House
this is one of my favorites. not geoff's. he doesn't indulge in the bean. i do. the coffee list is long and luscious. a coffee lovers must.

eight.... Sala Sala.... again.
i do love sushi

nine.... The Art Fair Food Bazaar
cheap. delicious.

ten.... any Thai restaurant.
they are not all created equal, but i will be needing a pad thai fix asap when we land in New Zealand.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Half Marathon

Geoff won the McMurdo Half Marathon a few weeks ago. As ususal I am not very prompt at posting the pics. Enjoy! Here is a picture of him crossing the finish line. I volunteered to help out with the timing for the race. It was a beautful Antarctic day. Perfect weather.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


The change we need.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Pics from the New Year's celebration.... Icestock

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A picture is worth a thousand words

Mt Erebus

I was very fortunate to go on a Helicopter trip to Mt Erebus this past week. Mt Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth. With a summit elevation of 12,447 ft (3,794meters).
After being delayed for 3 days because of weather we were lucky to have a semi-clear day.
It was a working trip. Which for me was more manual labor than I have done in a while, but it sure was fun. We were there to shovel out some of the seismic instruments so that the scientist could retrive their data.
Here is some information on Mt erebus:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy Birthday

to you!
from the deep south

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Team Work

These are some pictures of me hard at work. I am the guy in the black. Okay so it is not really me but my stunt double. It is really my friend Tony who does the same job as me on the opposite shift.

What they are doing here is taking a reel of cable off of a Delta. The reel weighs about 15,000lbs which is more weight than one of our loaders could handle when it is up as high as the Delta bed. So what we do is get one loader on each side. (1st picture)

Next we lift the reel up a couple feet and drive the delta out from underneath it. (second picture)

Then we coordinate both loader drivers to lower it to the ground at the same time. (third picture)
My job in all of this is to coordinate everyone to work together and communicate with all of them with hand signals.
I know. My job is tough and very stressful.

This reel will next be put on a pallet that is on a sled and restrained with chains so it can fly in a plane. Then it will be pushed off the sled onto a plane and make its way to the South Pole Station. Once it arrives at its destination it will be down loaded onto another sled. The cable is finally delivered to the Ice Cube science project.
So by the time this cable gets to it's final destination it has cost all of you taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, not much of that money is reflected in my paycheck.
We send about 10 of these reels to the South Pole each year.

Here is a brief description of the Ice Cube Project:

The IceCube Neutrino Detector is a neutrino telescope currently under construction at the South Pole. Like its predecessor, the Antarctic Muon And Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA), IceCube is being constructed in deep Antarctic ice by deploying thousands of spherical optical sensors (photomultiplier tubes, or PMTs) at depths between 1,450 and 2,450 meters. The sensors are deployed on "strings" of sixty modules each, into holes in the ice melted using a hot water drill.
The main goal of the experiment is to detect neutrinos in the high energy range, spanning from 1011eV to about 1021 eV. The neutrinos are not detected themselves. Instead, the rare instance of a collision between a neutrino and an atom within the ice is used to deduce the kinematical parameters of the incoming neutrino. Current estimates predict the detection of about one thousand such events per day in the fully constructed IceCube detector. Due to the high density of the ice, almost all detected products of the initial collision will be muons. Therefore the experiment is most sensitive to the flux of muon neutrinos through its volume. Most of these neutrinos will come from "cascades" in Earth's atmosphere caused by cosmic rays, but some unknown fraction may come from astronomical sources. To distinguish these two sources statistically, the direction and angle of the incoming neutrino is estimated from its collision by-products. One can generally say, that a neutrino coming from above "down" into the detector is most likely stemming from an atmospheric shower, and a neutrino traveling "up" from below is more likely from a different source.
The sources of those neutrinos coming "up" from below could be black holes, gamma ray bursters, or supernova remnants. The data that IceCube will collect will also contribute to our understanding of cosmic rays, supersymmetry, weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPS), and other aspects of nuclear and particle physics.
here is the ice cube web site.

Time Flies

2 wonderful years
too many memories
our happily ever after
thanks everyone for the anniversary wishes!