Category Archives: adventure

300 club.

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Membership to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world takes place around a short red and white striped pole in Antarctica. Only those who endure an atmospheric difference of 300 degrees Fahrenheit are granted entry.

To join the elite 300 Club, residents at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where on winter days the outside temperature dips below -100 degrees, must bare it all. It’s an odd tradition, one that comes with a high risk of frostbite in rather sensitive, traditionally clothed areas.

To join the exclusive group, the scientists must first spend time in the station’s 200-degree sauna. Once they’re fully cooked, they dash outside (at a brisk walk, because running is dangerous) wearing nothing but shoes and an optional neck gaiter to circle the ceremonial South Pole marker, which is hundreds of feet from the station. They then get back into the steamy sauna, which helps thaw their outsides while a bit of alcohol warms them up inside. Those who complete the challenge even earn a commemorative patch.

Though the thought of a naked scientist racing across the ice in dangerously cold temperatures to circle a pole may seem simply absurd, it’s actually a beloved ritual. The temperature only gets low enough a handful of days each year, giving the wacky tradition an almost ceremonial feel. Participants are usually cheered on by bystanders who use flashlights to guide them to the pole during the perpetual winter blackness.

The marker isn’t even the true location of the South Pole. Antarctica is blanketed by massive chunks of moving ice sheets that move about 30 feet each year. The ice’s inability to sit still makes pinpointing the world’s most southern spot with permanent precision impossible.

Finding and marking the accurate geographic South Pole is an annual (fully clothed) New Year’s Day tradition for those staying at the station. Every year since 1959, South Pole residents erect a new temporary marker at the spot and retire the old one into a display case inside the station. The ceremonial South Pole remains where it is, flanked by the flags, awaiting the next group of winter scientists hoping to join one of the world’s weirdest clubs.

“we take to the breeze, we go as we please.” 

― E.B. White

 

story credits: Atlas obscura, kerry wolf

photo credits:  martin wolf – national science foundation,

craig knott – national science foundation, alan light

get dressed.

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in the midst of the polar vortex

 a call goes out

 a friend offers to drive us all to the movies

 preston- holding down the fort at the theater

sells us popcorn, beverages, and tickets

menu offers a movie combo of cocktails and popcorn

 the movie was great

the company was great

 felt like we were skipping school

to just have a day of fun

we forgot about the polar vortex outside

we laughed and cried

 we’ll never tell who chose which beverage:

 coffee, tall soda, sippy-cup ‘o wine.

choose your own adventure.

everyone needs someone who will call them and say,

“get dressed, we’re going on an adventure.”

-word porn

100,000.

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 my car and i

have happily traveled

100,000 miles together as of today.

who knows how far we’ll go from here?

onward.

 

‘there is but one earth, tiny and fragile, 

and one must get 100,000 miles away

to appreciate one’s good fortune in living on it.’ 

-michael collins

(Major General, USAF, Ret.) is an american former astronaut and test pilot. selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice.

walk on.

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dear friends, j and b, walk in michigan

getting ready for the big walk.

they leave tomorrow –

i wish them both the best of luck on their journey

 and look forward to their tales from along the way

knowing they will return somehow changed forever.

the portuguese way/caminho português

The Portuguese Way (Spanish: Camino Portugués, Portuguese: Caminho Português) is the name of the Way of St. James pilgrimage routes starting in Portugal. It begins at Porto or Lisbon. From Porto, pilgrims travel north before entering Spain and passing through Padron on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

The Portuguese way is 227 km long starting in Porto. The way from Porto was historically used by the local populations and by those who arrived in the local ports.

In the contemporary period, most pilgrims are foreigners, and of the total number reaching Galicia between January and October  2017, only 4.27% were Portuguese. Roughly 30,000 pilgrims per year walk this path.

Arrival of queen Elizabeth of Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, after finishing the Portuguese Way around 1325, after the death of her husband, Denis of Portugal.

 

“a path is a prior interpretation

of the best way to traverse a landscape.” 

 -rebecca solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

 

credits: wikipedia

sporktacular!!

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got these for my grandies

soon to set off for a camping trip 

on manitou island

where they’ll have only whatever they can carry in

this utensil will help to take care of at least 4 things

knife, fork, spoon, and ?

 

“every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article 

designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from very simple beginnings.”

-robert collier