It’s always exciting to see the South Pole traverse show up at the Pole. SPOT, as this long, multi-tractored caravan is called, arrived last week bearing essential fuel and cargo. You can see the fuel bladders in the foreground of the image above, which shows off a nice sun halo in the clear sky. This was the first of several planned traverses for the season. A dedicated crew of 14 “spotters” safely reached their destination after a long, hard journey that began 30 days earlier from McMurdo Station. They remain at the Pole for a few days, while the cargo is unloaded, and took the opportunity to take a guided tour of the IceCube Lab, below. Last year around this holiday season, the station’s gingerbread competition featured a South Pole traverse entry.