Open Water + McMurdo. The two don't usually go together. However, this year is our best chance in many years that McMurdo Sound may open up and be ice-free. We haven't seen it yet in our six seasons here and now it's only about 20 miles away and visitble from the top of the Hut Point Trail on the edge of town. With open water comes penguins and whales. If we get a big storm in the next couple of months with strong winds from the south, all of it could blow out. We'll wait and see.