South Pole IS Colbert Nation
As one who excels in cooking and procrastination, Michael finally finished the mission and yesterday, a few of us in the winter crew posed proudly with the Colbert Nation flag at the geographic pole. All photos by Robert Schwarz.
We're heading up the southern-most fundraising campaign for Colbert for President. OK, we're not raising any money but we made signs (I'm holding the hot pink one and Michael is the one behind me).
Using Michael's design drafted up on a napkin, Dainella Nartker sewed together the flag from old red flag markers and the blue is an old flannel sheet. Nate Dyer sketched the Colbert image with a black sharpie marker. Michael will fly it next winter when we take the other flags down for the long night and then the Colbert Nation flag will truly be the sovereign reigning flag at the bottom of the world.
After the photo shoot, some people couldn't resist the giant snow hill.
Meteorologist Johnny G was carving turns on skate skies...obviously he's from Alaska.
Brian H. was working the hill on his board, getting ready for his surfing vacation in Costa Rica.
As I was watching this I was just glad to no longer be on call. I've officially turned over my radio, keys and all duties to my replacements and I'm scheduled to fly out of here today. If all goes well, our first LC-130 of the summer season will land here at 11:30am and take 28 of us out of here to McMurdo. We'll spend the night there and then head on to Christchurch tomorrow. Michael and I will be in New Zealand for a couple of weeks before heading back home to the states. We'll spend Thanksgiving in San Francisco with his family then over to Thailand until January when we'll once again begin the southern migration to spend one last winter down here. I'll keep you posted.