In Jenna’s own words:
Being at Palmer Station has been hard work but a lot of fun. I am very sad to leave – I’ll miss all of the great friends I’ve made since I’ve been here. I hope I’ll get a chance to return.
It’s not all work at Palmer Station – we also know how to have fun! We had weekly snowball fights like the one above. Halloween had the most amazing costumes on the continent! We had a leopard seal and krill, an abominable snowman, Wolverine, “chaos,” a zodiac boat, and everything in between.
Photo Credit: Jenna Luek
Also part of the Antarctic tradition is spending time jumping into the Antarctic waters – also known as polar plunging. We jumped off the dock in to 29 degree waters in just our swim suits. BRR! Fortunately, we were able to warm up in a hot tub to afterwards.
My favorite way to spend my free time is at the weekly TerraJam session. About one night a week, anyone who plays a musical instrument (or wants to learn!) is invited to the Terra lab to play music. I play the bass guitar, and try to play the drums (which didn’t go as terribly as I expected!) Usually about five or six people show up, which is plenty to fill the band. We then play all sorts of music, and even songs written by our own musicians at Palmer Station. The TerraJam musicians usually put on a concert for the rest of station once or twice per season, and everyone looks forward to it!
Jenna’s Challenge: Grab a BFF or two and create your very own jam session! Make a movie of you jamming and upload it onto iTwixie! Being smart in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is FUN! Let’s see how STEM peeps JAM!