We waited five extra days while in Christchurch, New Zealand. The weather at Pegasus Airfield in Antarctica was unfavorable for landing a plane. We became familiar with 4:30 AM phone calls indicating renewed 24-hour delays. To our great enthusiasm, on October 7th the call came indicating the flight was a go. C-17 Globemasters are remarkably loud inside (everyone wore hearing protection), and it is fascinating to see exposed ventilation, hydraulic and electrical lines that are normally covered from view inside commercial jets. Our first view from a small port-side window of the vast ice of Antarctica was humbling and awe inspiring.