After Arriving to Antarctica there is much we must do! Following our trip with Ivan we check in and get keys to a dormitory style room where we stay while in town, usually with one other roommate. Over the next few days we have a variety of tasks such as inventorying our camping gear and packing it at the Byrd Field Center and getting trained on some basic camping skills such as lighting a stove and setting up a tent. Usually we have a little time for fun still however, such as taking a hike up a nearby geological structure known as Observation Hill, or Ob Hill for short. This place gives an awesome view of the surrounding landscape and holds a memorial cross for Robert Falcon Scott and his team of scientific explorers, who perished while collecting samples from the area in 1912. Parnell also got a chance to visit Scott’s hut, where his team staged some of their expeditions.