Time sure flies! I haven’t even put up my sunset posting and it is already Mid-Winter.
It is a longstanding tradition that the Antarctic stations send each other some Mid-Winter greetings. So, over the last few days they have been trickling in.
I think the prize for the most poetic one goes to the Uruguayans. Here is what they wrote:
The Antarkos 23 Crew of Artigas Scientific Base in Antarctica, has the pleasure to greet you in this Solstice of winter.
We hoped, that like in our base, the bows of union, solidarity and the Antarctic confraternity prioritize on the differences and in this moment of meditation it could be good time to extract the purest feelings existing in our hearts.
Taking advantage on the occasion, we invited all of you to approach to our base, the night of the Mid Winter on June 21st, 2007, where we will make a toast by the solstice and a ceremony of “reception” for the novices who for the first time feel in their skin the rigor of the Antarctic Winter.
Happy Solstice day
Happy Antarctica Confraternity Day
Happy Mid-Winter Day
Lt Col Waldemar Fontes
Artigas Antarctic Scientific Base Cdr
Uruguayan Antarctic Institute
King George Island – South Shetland – Antarctica
I am also glad that W and Laura took time out of their busy schedules to personally dispatch a message to us:
THE WHITE HOUSE
June 8, 2007
I send greetings to those celebrating Midwinter’s Day on June 21, 2007.
Since the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, men and women from around the world have ventured to Antarctica in the spirit of discovery and exploration. This bold calling continues to inspire individuals to pursue research in stations throughout Antarctica and further expand the horizons of human knowledge. Their work has changed the way we understand our world, and their dedication is helping us explore new frontiers in science and technology.
I appreciate those in Antarctica who’ have come together to take on the challenges and opportunities of this magnificent continent. Your efforts reflect the finest values of the human spirit –daring, discipline, ingenuity, and unity in the pursuit of great goals.
Laura and I send our best wishes.
George W. Bush
Oddly, we also got a message from an Antarctica Anonymous group based on the Palmyra Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Patrick McCormick, an Antarctic veteran of Deep Freeze I and II (December 1955 until March 1957), sent his greetings, along with some really nice pictures from the 1956 McMurdo Mid-Winter celebration.
Ninety-three men (sorry, no ladies then) wintered at McMurdo in 1956, pizza was a rare, prized treat and a forty-eight-hour holiday was even rarer. The concoction of fruit juice and grain alcohol was commonly referred to as “White-Out Punch.”