First, there’s the greenhouse…and this is what it looks like after a harvest. IceCube winterover Kalvin assisted with last week’s harvest, something he was looking forward to doing even before starting his time at the South Pole. People there really appreciate the salads and greens provided by the greenhouse, especially in the winter months when no fresh produce—“freshies” as they say—arrives at the Pole.
Second, there’s the training…it seems the folks at the Pole are always training at one thing or another. Last week, they had their first outdoor technical drill. It involved extracting someone from an underground ice vault. First, they had to package up a dummy in a rescue rig and lower it into a vault so that they could perform the extraction. This was a complex exercise that brought together many weeks of training.
Third, there’s the party…with a beach theme and recommended (but not mandatory) Hawaiian attire. Drinks, conversation, and pool—life at the Pole sounds good!