The South Pole
-- it's there, a great icy, bleak, barren mass, and it's beckoning to me
The National Science Foundation
maintains a research center there, the Adumndsen-Scott South Pole Station
. People come and go during the summer months
-- approximately 130 -- and there is a team of approximately 28 scientist
s and support personnel
who winter there: eight months in total isolation; no one gets in, no one gets out
I heard about it a few of months back
, and heard about it again today. And as last time, it fired my imagination
, it beckoned to me, it called out
Come, spend a year here in my embrace. Come, risk your life in up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit below zero temperature. Come, be a part of the community here. And then return, changed.
I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to go about pursuing this newfound dream; contacting the NSF will of course be a part of it, but I hardly meet their qualifications as listed on their website.
But I shall go. Because I have no choice.
The Pole beckons.