Thursday, 14 February 2013

Thursday 14th February 2013

While having breakfast I noticed out the window there was a huge seal just outside the window not far from the door. It’s a huge elephant seal which is quite rare for Mawson and it’s a long way from the water’s edge. It must be getting warmth off the rocks even though the air temperature is minus three. I had to walk past this seal about four times today and every time I mistook it for a rock and it scared the shit out of me. It’s so fat it looks like a bean bag with flippers. I stop for a chat every time I pass, and it’s not aggressive or scared at all.

Today Cookie & John went up on the plateau to do a recce for our field training. It was perfect weather for it, minus three and no wind and sunshine down here so I am sure they will be having a great time up there. Chris was slushy today so I was working alone and I got a fair bit done. In the late afternoon I assembled my 6m beacon antennas and hardware ready to install when I get a chance. It was such a beautiful evening I should have been out side, but I am trying to catch up on this Blog and get my room and everything else organized. My humidifier is working a treat and I feel so much better for it, what a great investment. On a sad note, my rabbit hat broke today. I should take it back to the nasty bloke in Hobart I bought it off. Just a bit of stitching come loose, nothing I cant handle once I locate some needles and thread. In the mean time I will have to change to hat B the yowie hat. Lucky I bought so many hats !!


  1. Hey mate, Paddy told me about your adventure. Good to see your hav'n fun, your never one to slow down. Good on ya! PK

  2. that is a big giant seal !!!
    watch out just in case his change his mind and chasing you around !!
    ohhhhhhh sad for the rabbit hat , i like those hat !!
    good luck with antenna , hopefully we can talk on the radio soon yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    we miss you heaps

    1. I want to go for a ride on the seal but no one will be in it.
      I will sew the rabbit hat and fix it

  3. Hi Craig,

    Finally caught up reading your blog. Sounds great. Got your JJJ radio kit setup yet? Paddy told me about your blog a few weeks ago and it's taken me this long to catchup.

    So I'm guessing the view is a little more spectacular than the islands from Mt Wongama.

    Keep up the great blog.

    Matt H.

  4. Hi Matt,

    Every where you turn the veiw is just awesome !


  5. Mr Hayhow, good morning from Italy, my name is Paolo, 50 y.o. Many compliments for your expedition. You have a passion like me. Mine is collect sand/earth from every countries and territories. If you want to help me take on a film canister of earth. Don't damage anything, search a place in which there is nothing to damage. More about my hobby is on http:/

    Anyway good job and full your eyes of this Heaven