There's not much to report from today. No one ventured outside the tent for much more than a moment. Once, when John ventured out, the wind blew his goggles right off his head. Luckily Eric found them buried deep in a snow drift a little later.
An exciting day for the team! They started the day off as all their other days... a lazy morning at Camp Heart Break looking ahead to a day of waiting. Even though the mushers were close they weren't expected to arrive until the evening.
The team is happy to report that they weathered the storm well and now they are back to moderately calm conditions. They had to dig out their tents and supplies and the plan was to resurrect the third tent and possibly the group shelter for tonight.
The team reports that all is well at what is now called "Camp Storm Breaker". The wind started to pick up around 5 AM local time Saturday morning and continued to increase until it finally seemed to reach its peak. All the efforts from yesterday building a strong wind wall have paid off as the wall tis taking the brunt of the wind and their tents remain relatively unscathed.
The favorite card game of this expedition so far is Hearts, and one of the strategies of Hearts is to "shoot the moon" which basically means making calculated moves to GO FOR IT! Our team is no doubt making similar plans for when Salo, Julius and the dog teams arrive.
All over Greenland it has been unusually cold. Very cold. This has been caused by a very warm and unusual weather system that settled over the North Pole with temperatures as much as 30° above normal. This system pushed all the cold polar air south to Greenland. But you would never know this from the picture of Eric out flying a kite today in what appears to be his base layers.
Today was a beautiful day. Blue skies, cold, crisp air and plenty of time to relax and find ways to while away the time. Our group is waiting for a crucial part of the team to arrive: our two mushers, Salo and Julius, and a posse of sled dogs that will carry all their kit to the east coast of Greenland.