Thanksgiving at 90° South
SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA– Thanksgiving here at the Pole was a treat. Most of the station had a two day weekend for the first time since arriving, and I think I can speak for everyone that had off that it was enjoyed. The galley staff really knows what they are doing down here and created a great Thanksgiving meal. But in order to create a meal this good without overburdening the galley staff, it requires many volunteers. Sign up sheets were hung on the wall near the food line where you could choose from things like pouring wine, washing dishes, or pumpkin and pecan pie duty (very very important).
I figured that I haven’t volunteered for much yet so I signed up for the dish room at 8:00pm which was probably one of the less desirable times. It kind of delayed getting into the post meal festivities but it was time for me to put some time in. The others in the dish room with me made it into a really fun time actually. Time flew by and before we knew it we were all done.
Pre meal involved people waiting outside the mess hall with a great spread of appetizers.
We even had a three-piece band whipping up some tunes while we waited for the meal and socialized.
There were three different seatings that lasted just over an hour each so that people who were working could attend one of them. It was a pretty traditional meal which had your basic holiday mainstays that included fried and baked turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce (not my fave but lots of other people enjoyed it), and green bean casserole. Last but not least was dessert where my friends’ pumpkin and pecan pie made their appearance.
Overall, for spending a holiday away from friends and family, it was as good as it could be.