Antarctica – Cold
Spent the morning stringing lights on ceiling of canvas building we erected a few days ago. This process entails standing on scaffolding holding hands above head, this drains the blood that is desperately needed in fast to freeze finger tips and the constant freezing rewarming process is exceedingly painful I am quickly discovering. Today was freezing and gusty in McMurdo. Let me tell you what it means to be cold on this continent. When your eyes freeze shut you know it is cold. At first I think I have become suddenly and mysteriously blind, then I realize my eyes aren’t open, then it hits me that I am unable to open my eyes. After a few seconds of panic I reason why. Another second and I have come up with a plan to regain sight. The plan unfortunately involves removing hands from gloves and ends in frozen fingers. Doesn’t take long to thaw eyelashes but the damage to fingers is done in even less time. Frozen fingers don’t go back in gloves. Putting on gloves requires more dexterity, another reason for mittens.