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Here's my hiking buddy, Console Operator & wandering adventurer Ron Storer, formerly of Texas.  Ron and I formed a great friendship at DYE 4.  We explored photography and Kulusuk Island with equal fervor. Our two expeditions took place at shift changes, the only break in long schedules when we could find extra hours, since we never had a day off.  A weeklong shift that ended daily at 5 p.m. might yield to a new shift that started each day at 12 Noon. It wasn’t much, but it gave us all the time we needed.  Ron served at DYE 1 (on Greenland’s beautiful west coast) and icecap station DYE 2.  In 1977, when our employer, Felec Services Inc., (FSI), replaced Console Operators in Greenland with radar & communications technicians called ‘Radicians’,  Ron decided to try facilities maintenance and powerhouse work.   He stayed in Greenland, mostly at DYE 4, till 1984, when he departed for a successful DEW Line career in Alaska.   Ron later worked for the City of Barrow, Alaska, and later still, for Federal Electric Corp. on Midway and Hawaii.  Since about 1995, Ron has worked in the Utilities Dept. for the City of Colorado Springs, CO.  His house offers a nice view of Pike's Peak.  Ron & I were out of touch from 1977 till May 2005, when his neice, Amanda Storer, found this site & gave me his contact information.  The rest of Ron's fascinating but heartwarming story is too involved to describe here.  Let's just say it's amazing!
Daredevil Ron climbs down a cliff to get a close look at an intriguing flower. This trip took us away from the Station to the west, which was full of cliffs, old landslides and spectacular views of distant mountains that fringe the inland icecap.
Here he is again, showing how easy cliff climbing can be (not)!
We really liked this iceberg, which we dubbed ‘the peach in the bowl’, for obvious reasons.
A long-lens close up of icebergs floating about 700 feet below.
The aforementioned cliffs.
Rock that shows the effects of glacial scarring. Ron & I couldn’t imagine how big the glaciers had to be to scar rock atop a cliff 20 miles away and some 700 feet above sea level. Think about that.
Anyone who thinks the arctic is a lifeless wasteland never saw a beautiful summertime flower like this, and others.



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