Friday, February 12, 2010

Inching Closer

If all goes well today, only six flights remain before South Pole Station is closed for winter. Three of the flights today will be carrying passengers, and the others will just be cargo/tanker flights. The final flight out is supposed to arrive here about 3:00 AM tomorrow morning. That early hour will put a bit of a damper on our celebrations, those of us still here, but it will still be good to have one chapter closed and be beginning another.

Temperatures are fluctuating, but right now it is in the -40s F. It didn't get down to regular temperatures for this season for a long while, but once it happened it went quickly.

“We were not pioneers ourselves, but we journeyed over old trails that were new to us, and with hearts open. Who shall distinguish?”
~J.M. Thorington, 1925