Safest place on Earth!

The South Pole Antarctic flag has a weather vane pointing North in every direction

The South Pole Antarctic flag has a weather vane pointing North in every direction

The Super Mario tunnel leads outside from the food building now buried in the ice

The Super Mario tunnel leads outside from the food building now buried in the ice

The cutting end of the ice core drill with 6000 year old ice

The cutting end of the ice core drill with 6000 year old ice

The neutrino project building has copper grounding strips throughout to reduce static electricity

The neutrino project building has copper grounding strips throughout to reduce static electricity

Dr. Will and I in front of the medical center at South Pole

Dr. Will and I in front of the medical center at South Pole

Table tennis in the South Pole gym

I left undefeated at table tennis in the South Pole gym

My Denver hiking buddy Mike helps me to the plane departing the South Pole

My Denver hiking buddy Mike helps me to the plane departing the South Pole

Sunny hike on the glacier to Castle Rock with Mt Erebus volcano in the distance

Sunny hike on the glacier to Castle Rock with Mt Erebus volcano in the distance

Summit of Castle Rock looking out over the frozen Ross Sea

Summit of Castle Rock looking out over the frozen Ross Sea

US Ice Breaker Polar Star docked at the ice pier

US Ice Breaker Polar Star docked at the ice pier

Hola terror avoiders,

While it is nice to be blissfully unaware of what is going on in the rest of the world, the snippets of news I have come across seem to focus on terrorist threats in all corners of the globe except our temporary home on the frozen continent. No jihad has been declared against the infidels of the southern polar region so we tend to go about our lives unconcerned about unattended backpacks or odd behavior among individuals, which is the norm for a place like this.

I made it back to my home at McMurdo from the South Pole after 4 days and left undefeated on the ping pong table among the locals, and was able to take care of all the dental needs of the folks who have signed up to stay for the 9 month winter season of dark and soul crushing cold. The doc at the Pole, Will, was a real pleasure to work with and it turns out he’s a quick study as a dental assistant too, so I was sorry to bid him adieu.

The dental clinic on the main base has kept me busy with folks wanting to spend the winter here, as well as a mix of root canals, fillings and a hearty fellow who decided he was game to depart with 4 of his wisdom teeth. Our Sunday off was sunny and mild so a group of us did the 3 mile glacial hike to Castle Rock, then climbed to the top to bask in the sun and gaze upon the distant icebergs creeping through the frozen Ross Sea.

Later in the week the US ice breaker Polar Star broke a path to dock at the ice pier, which is literally a pier made of ice that was poured earlier in the season. That paved the way for the research vessel Nathanial Palmer which I was able to tour yesterday, and eventually the highly anticipated cargo ship with supplies for all departments, including fresh fruits and vegetable, which are affectionately called freshies.

I’m about halfway through my 6 week deployment and still smiling, and booked tickets to meet Pat in Fiji when I depart, so plenty to look forward to in the immediate future. Hope you’re safe at home and abroad and send some news from home.

Cheers,

Jihad free Bob