We boarded the ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules aircraft the 109th ANG unit out of NY is tasked with flying to support the US Antarctic effort. I looked out at the Transantarctic Mountains and set my eyes upon the Beardmore Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the world (over 260 miles long) . What an awe inspiring view!
3 hours later we were over the station, which I could see below. However due to weather we could not land and so we returned back to McMurdo. So our 3 hour flight in the noisy, cramped, LC-130 turned into six hours. After getting back to McMurdo, we found out we wouldn't get our rooms back. Instead we were assigned to the 'Hotel California'. The accommodations there were bunk style instead of the dorm room we had before. Oh well, we'd only be there for a night.