Closing Time

Through Ed Stockard's Viewfinder Ed sent pictures of the seasonal close-out in Kangerlussuaq.

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To celebrate the end of the season, CPS hosts a barbeque on the banks of Lake Fergusson.

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The last flight of the 2009 science season departed Greenland in the early morning of August 30.  But we're not quite done:  Mark Begnaud and Ed Stockard remain behind, as they do each year, for the final buttoning up. They have about  two weeks to go of checking and inventorying field and communications equipment, closing buildings, winterizing vehicles, cleaning out our offices in the Kangerlussuaq International Science Support building--"sorting, organizing, fixing...always fixing the old trucks, drying, stacking, throwing away, sighing, sending, receiving, sleeping in on a Sunday (finally), cleaning, counting, stuffing, and so on," Ed explains.

Ed will depart on September 11 when the Air National Guard returns to Greenland to position the Greenland Inland Traverse project team at Thule Air Base. Mark will remain for a few more days before returning to the US via Denmark on a commercial flight.

"I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home I know who I want to take me home Take me home.

"Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."  (Semisonic, Closing Time)