Antarctica is a beautiful place.

Day 36-DSC_2888-smallHours traveled: 10
Miles traveled: 14.5
Total miles traveled: 433.4
Miles to pole: 146
Elevation: 8392 ft.

Translation from voicemail: Hello, Team 3belowzero, Day 36. Well, I’m sitting here melting snow for dinner. And the good news is we just replaced yesterday, the fuel pump. And now the stove is running so efficiently, making our cooking time much shorter. So that’s (unintelligible) here.

So when Antarctica isn’t trying to break you with high wind storms or white out conditions or relentless sastrugi, It is actually quite a beautiful place. And I was reminded of that today. If you guys sent positive weather vibes, the weather gods were listening. Because we actually had sunny weather today and light to medium winds. I can’t really remember the last time we had that. So that was so delightful to have today. And we were just really excited to be able to cover fourteen miles today because conditions were a little nicer weather wise.

Day 36-image1We did see three small planes fly overhead that we’re going to and from the South Pole. And it was really the first civilized sound to pierce our little wild adventure here. A few weeks ago we might have been bothered by that sound but today it really made us quite excited. Because it represented where we’re gonna be soon, at the South Pole. So our spirits were lifted a lot today and we were excited by that.

And other news, my cold injury on my chin has scabbed over so it looks like it’s getting a little better. And we do, we did take count of our paper towels that we use for toilet paper and we have one and a half each per day left. So hopefully that should cover us. Cover Marty hopefully, you know he uses a lot of that stuff.

Okay, so, I wanted to just welcome all the kids back who are following us to school today. Today I think is your first day back after break, and we’re excited to have you continue to follow us until the end. Okay, over and out for today. Thanks, bye.

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  • Jim Besso

    Less than 150 miles to go! Keep your chin up! (but also keep it out of plain site…)

  • Jim Besso

    When it is clear like that… how far can you see? Will you see your destination a day or so before you can get to it?

  • Suzanne Schmidt

    Chris and Marty,
    I’m not sure I want to know what happens if you run out of toilet paper, although I’m confident you won’t (can you spare a square..?)

    I’m sending you thoughts and prayers of love, strength and perseverance. You are getting closer!

    I love the ways you’ve fully embraced this journey and am enjoying hearing and reading your thoughts.

    Thank you!

    XOXOX Suz

    • Chris Fagan

      Thanks so much – we feel all the thoughts and prayers – they help power us through!

  • Mary Thatcher Roth

    Chris and Marty – It has been great following your posts. You guys are amazing and so inspiring! You will be in my prayers and we will be cheering as you reach the pole. God bless!

    • Chris Fagan

      Thank you so much for your message, Mary!

  • Sissi Bennett

    Hello! We know Chris’ Dad, Jim. He is on our staff at Village Self-Storage, and I have been following you on your journey. I am so excited that you saw the planes, and you can now relize your goal! I can only imagine how excited that was. (Like a sailor seeing birds, I’d guess!)
    Happy you had a nice, sunny day to travel, and I want you to know we are surely sending good vibes, and lots of thoughts and prayers your way
    from Hot Springs Village. (By the way, it was 9 degrees here last night,
    but that was ‘above’ zero!
    God Bless and Keep you going!
    Sissi Bennett
    (Wish I could send you more ‘paper’ by wifi!!)

    • Chris Fagan

      Thank you, Sissi! It’s so great to hear from people who know Chris’ dad! Take care.

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