Just outside building 155 at the center of McMurdo is the Derelict Junction. It's where you can catch a shuttle to the airfield or Scott Base. There's an old lean-to shelter for windy days, which is probably where the name comes from. There's also its replacement, a n awkward steel container with windows. Most folks stand outside. I don't blame them.
There's a lot of these truck around McMurdo. My first thought was awe that it was a truck with freakin' tracks, but that quickly wore off. It turns out tracks suck. The ride is awful, the handling is crap, and you can't go very much over 20mph (not that you're supposed to).
The truck doesn't actually have a cap, that's a van behind it (also on tracks).
Church With a View
This little cross is behind the Chapel of the Snows, which I understand has burned down several times.
The Royal Societies
The Royal Society range is viewable from town on a clear day. I got there early enough that the sun was still low in the sky; it was like the golden hour for the first week I was there.
McMurdo does have much more dramatic clouds than Pole, I'll give 'em that,
Looking across the water from town is Hut Point, named for Robert Scott's hut (on the right).
I spent a lot of time driving to and from the airfields doing fuel deliveries. The visibility wasn't always great, which is fun in a 15-ton delta driving 14 miles on ice road. Ice-road truckers are a bunch of prima-donnas. :)
Scharen is the fuels delta. 15(ish) tons of Canadian awesome that can carry a couple thousand gallons almost anywhere - as long as you aren't in a hurry.
The airfields are fully-featured at McMurdo, but all the buildings are actually sleds that can be pulled and moved.
The Basler BT-67 is one of the workhorses of the program. Although not quite as versatile as the De Havilland Twin Otter, these converted DC-3s can carry people almost anywhere in almost any weather.
A C-17 Globemaster on final approach to Pegasus White Ice Runway.
It's actually nearly midnight. I wouldn't be able to see another view this empty until I got to Pole a month later.
The problem with leaving equipment on an ice shelf is that it quickly becomes buried, requiring many hours to dig it out.
Despite the endless ice, it isn't actually that cold out. That and shoveling is a good workout.
I assure you this is up to the necessary standards to fuel military aircraft.