I have not mentioned it yet, but one of the best things to do after being in our -70 degree arch for a day is going inside and reading in the sauna. Yes, the South Pole station has a sauna. I didn’t use it during the summer, but I have started going at least once a week since it’s been dark.
Looking down the hallway by the galley, they have every winter over group photo since 1957, the first winter that had 18 people. I am the 1476th person to winter over at the South Pole Station, and 218th female winter over.
In the early years, the winter overs used to have a dog. There are three or so years that had a husky. Not sure whose dog it was, but they sure were cute! I cannot imagine how much a single dog would boost moral, but I know they would probably get really fat with so much attention. Since 1993, dogs have been banned by the Antarctic treaty, because they had the potential of spreading a disease called distemper to seals while being on the coast.
We get to do one load of laundry a week. There are 7 washers and 8 dryers. In the summer the dryers sometimes were full, but so far this winter I have not had to wait for a machine to be empty.