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Antarctica as an Inspiration for Possibilities? My Experience At Beardmore Glacier Camp

Updated on May 30, 2014

Where to Begin? I Worked in Antarctica... But this is about Possibilities...

Whenever I look at this photo - which is frequently - I am reminded of the incredible, unlimited possibilities we have in our lives. I'm reminded that there is no way on this green earth that we can predict some of the things that happen to us. I snapped this photo in December, 1984.

Just one year before this photo was taken (December, 1983), I was on a bicycle in New Zealand, merrily peddling my way around what has got to be one of most beautiful countries on the planet.

And just one year before THAT (December, 1982), I was still living with my parents in New Jersey, getting ready for Christmas, and wondering what the future would bring...

Who would have known that this shy girl from a small town in New Jersey would be taking a photo of someone about to plant the US flag at a field camp in Antarctica?"

The photo you are looking at is of a guy I worked with at a very special place in Antarctica. His name is Al Priddy, and he was one of the supervisors of the crew. We were about to build the Beardmore Glacier Camp, which would be the destination for a meeting of the representatives of those countries who are part of the Antarctic Treaty. Again, this was December, 1984, and I was in my first season on "The Ice" as we called it.

This one article cannot possibly talk about all my experiences working in Antarctica from 1984 - 1991. But I'll try to recap it as best I can here.

In a word, this experience - and all the subsequent, crazy experiences I've had - was "magical" to me.

I'll have to make another article about more aspects of working in Antarctica - Most of my photos are slides, and I do not yet have a way to transfer them to digital. But, in this article, I'll use scans of some of the photos from my scrapbook.

You will definitely get the idea that while we worked hard, we played too! :)

At this time, I was a new "guy" on the sheet metal crew. Now, this may not seem all that glamorous; but because there weren't many people in sheet metal, and so many projects needed stuff like heating ducts, roofing, flashing, etc, we got to visit and work at a few locations that other folks didn't see.

At this particular camp, there were carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and sheet metal workers. There were some managers, and cooks as well.

All Photos taken at Beardmore Glacier Camp, books on table, photo collage of me as a kid are taken by me, and I respectfully request that you do not copy them. Thanks! Photos Copyright KathyT (Kathy Tremblay) Photos OF me are from my personal collection, and were taken by husbands or family members.

A Quick THANK YOU...

I am so overwhelmed, awed, & humbled by the honor of Lens of the Day & the Purple Star I've received for this story.

I can not begin to express the gratitude I feel for the support, incredible comments & participation this has brought.

Please know I am incredibly grateful to every one of you!

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From the Wisdom of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”

This site is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I'm not even sure how they chose it!
This site is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I'm not even sure how they chose it!

There is so much that goes into making sure people can live and survive in Antarctica

It's not like you can just throw a couple of tents up...

You can't just throw a few tents up like they did in the days of the early Antarctic explorers. For the meeting of the signatory nations, you kind of had to have a place for them to live, eat, and meet.

There had to be a system put into place for snow melt (water had to come from somewhere). There had to be heat... (putting up the ductwork was the sheet metal crew's job - and I was the helper.) Generators had to be installed, lighting wired...

All this stuff had to be brought in by LC-130 Hercules aircraft (ski-equipped Hercs).

The camp would be called Beardmore South Camp.

Found this aerial photo of the Beardmore Glacier in a Readers's Digest book called "Antarctica"
Found this aerial photo of the Beardmore Glacier in a Readers's Digest book called "Antarctica"

Why Beardmore?

I'm not positive, but...

The Beardmore Glacier is in the Transantarctic Mountain Range, and I think that the choice to build a field camp in that region may have had something to do with the history of Robert Falcon Scott and the "race" to South Pole.

Those who are familiar with this part of polar exploration history know that Britain's Robert Falcon Scott got to Pole to see that Roald Amundsen of Norway had already been there... Of course, this would have been devastating to anyone. Scott and his team died on their way back to McMurdo.

Scott evidently traversed the Beardmore Glacier in his efforts to reach the South Pole - he passed Ernest Shackleton's prior "furthest south" mark - so I think Shackleton had also travelled via Beardmore.

I cannot find any of my own photos from the air (when flying to Pole once or twice I did take some photos from the plane - but they are probably on slide). So, in my "Reader's Digest" book called "Antarctica, Great Stories from the Frozen Continent" 1985, I found an aerial shot of the Beardmore (page 199), and took a photo of it here to show you what this stuff looks like from the air. It always reminded me of a highway when I'd look out the window.

A couple of ordinary and dull photos of me as a kid
A couple of ordinary and dull photos of me as a kid

So, What Could an Ordinary, Fairly Dull Kid from the Suburbs Have as a Future?

Dreams? Did I Have Dreams?

Oh yeah... I had dreams. I wanted to be either a fairy princess or a writer. My dad encouraged writing.

I was so ordinary, and actually - quite invisible. I've reconnected with a few people from my school days, but really... what kind of memories are there to speak of?

While I would daydream about being a famous singer someday (I love to sing), if I had been noticed at all, I would probably have been voted either:

1) Most likely to be a secretary or

2) Most likely to be sunburned after 5 minutes in the sun.

I never knew that things that I dreamed about could actually become reality!

(These photos from my collection)

Paul and me after finishing the New York City Marathon in 1982 (I think)
Paul and me after finishing the New York City Marathon in 1982 (I think)

I Met my First Husband Who Taught Me that I COULD Make Things Happen

Thanks, Paul!

For the record, I have rarely respected or admired anyone more than my first husband, Paul. He is truly a wonderful, wonderful human, a kind and sensitive soul, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.

I met Paul when I was 19 and wondering what to do after college. I worked at a mall (who didn't, back then?). It was 1979.

For some reason unknown to me, Paul took a liking to me. We began dating, and had a blast. He really was my best friend.

This guy wasn't afraid to do stuff! He was a marathon runner, he hiked, he skiied, he travelled - all the things that seemed quite foreign to a girl from an old-world type of family.

I believe that my parents really just expected me to get married (my mother hoped) and just have someone who could support me.

My eyesight was poor, and my glasses so thick that my mom would say that "Boys never make passes at girls who wear glasses." And I would be in a panic that no one would ever love me.

Of course she didn't know that this had such a terrifying effect on me. Most parents know better these days (I would hope)...

So, when Paul decided he liked me, I was stunned. Paul never seemed to struggle to do anything - and he was filled with dreams of his own.

And darned it all if he didn't go make 'em come true! This guy - after high school - ran marathons across the country and then wrote an article for Runner's World about his summer adventure (Story: "The Almost Endless Summer").

All of a sudden, I began doing stuff. I had to quit smoking: "I like you Kathy, but I can't date a smoker." Ok. Quit. Began running. Wound up running 2 marathons (Photo of Paul & me after New York - I think it was 1981 or 1982 - probably 1982. I did a 3:35! - Photo taken by one of our parents).

All of a sudden I was high-tailing it out to a Colorado Guest Ranch where Paul had a job and found me one too. I was hiking. I was singing (he bought me my first guitar).

And all of a sudden, I began to BELIEVE in myself. I began to truly believe the old saying that "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." (Attributed to Napoleon Hill)

Do You Believe You Can Make Things Happen In Your Life?

I did not start out as a "possibilities-minded" type of person. I honestly believed that "stuff happens" and that I could not control my life. I think differently now...

Do you believe that whatever the mind can conceive and believe it will achieve?

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Photo of me in Antarctica - not sure of the year.
Photo of me in Antarctica - not sure of the year.

Possibilities! Everywhere I Looked There Were Possibilities!

No One Could Ever Tell Me Again That I Couldn't Do Stuff...

My mom was amazing. She could sing like an angel. My dad was - and still is - incredible. Between the two of them, they instilled in me a lot of values, a true appreciation and respect for my elders, an understanding of how to behave... all the things you hope your kids will learn.

What they did NOT instill in me was that "anything is possible."

When I first began running, my mom was appalled because "it's not ladylike." (Of course, she got over it!)

Then, Paul & I got married and for some reason decided to go to New Zealand for 4 or 5 months and ride our bicycles throughout the country. This was in the days before the internet, so there was a lot of phone calls and letters to and from consulates and travel agencies. There were countless visits to the library.

We had no idea how we were going to do this, but we did it anyway.

It was while we were in New Zealand that we ran into people coming back from the Ice. Instantly, Paul said, "We need to GO there!"

That's when my "parents" (who lived in my head I think) reared their fearful heads. I said, "Are you out of your mind? What on earth are you talking about? Go to ANTARCTICA??"

Again... library. Phone calls, letters, applications, begging, namedropping... Whatever it took! By the way, these books in my collection were some of my only "reference" materials when it came to learning about Antarctica!


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Next thing we knew, we were in Antarctica.

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I sometimes think about some of the places on this earth where I think I would NEVER go. Makes me wonder... how about you?

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Some of my Favorite Books!

The first book - "Women in the Antarctic" was an interesting project that Dr. Esther D. Rothblum spearheaded. One of the chapters is about my experiences (Chapter entitled "The Silence Was Incredible" and discussed an experience I had at Beardmore. The other book, by John Langone was my first introduction to Antarctica! It's a great read!

Photo of the Guys and Gals at Beardmore Glacier Camp
Photo of the Guys and Gals at Beardmore Glacier Camp

Look at This Group!

These were my co-workers at Beardmore

If you look at most group photos - ones taken at work, at parties, family gatherings... etc, do you think about the people in the photo much? Or is it just a scene... just a memory?

To me, this is far more than just a photo of a bunch of workers building a remote camp.

Did you know that some of these guys worked their tails off to get water running so that on Christmas Day we could all take showers? (Seriously... this was a big deal!)

Or that every day, someone took on "house mouse" duties to go out, saw out some blocks of snow to keep melting on the heater so that we had drinking and cooking water?

One of these guys sat up all night long with me on Christmas Eve and we talked about spiritual matters more deeply than anyone I had ever conversed with.

Every single one of these people had a dream - every person somehow got hired to work in Antarctica. Somewhere, in their souls and minds, they had the idea and then they made it happen.

This is the Beardmore Glacier Camp
This is the Beardmore Glacier Camp

Anything Really IS Possible...

You Just Can't Take "NO" For An Answer

John , my wonderful husband, is a possibilities thinker. He makes things happen that I cannot understand. I don't know how, for example, he could spend one of his only days off this past weekend, painstakenly hand-chipping thick tiles off a floor of a room he is turning into an office and sanctuary for ME.

He spent over 8 hours bent over, hammering and chiseling these hard-stuck tiles. All for me.

When I would go upstairs, wringing my hands in empathy for what I knew was painful... I asked him how he could possibly keep this up, hour after hour when this stuff was so hard to remove. How was he even DOING it? A DRILL would have had a hard time going through this thick stuff...He just looked at me and said, "I just don't take NO for an answer."

That's really it, isn't it?

We have dreams. We sometimes get kicked in the butt and we fall.

We either take "NO" as the answer and give up... or we stand up and go again. We either say, "Yeah, you're right... it's too hard" or we say, "It may be hard, but we CAN do it!"

Many years ago, 2 men made it to the South Pole. The first one to arrive, as you may know was Roald Amundsen and his team from Norway, who made it to Pole on December 14, 1911. The second was Robert Falcon Scott, along with his team from England about a month later. Scott and his entire party died on the way back. But you cannot say that either took "NO" for an answer. (As an aside, I can only imagine the terrible bitterness of Scott's seeing, in the distance, the flutter of the Norweigan flag standing at the South Pole... And, I can only imagine how it would have felt had it been the other way around.)

If it hadn't been for these early explorers - so many of them, and so many stories that this is not the place for them - then I can assure you that I never would have stepped foot in Antarctica.

This photo is of the Beardmore Camp as it neared completion.

If I told you that someone had this idea about building a camp out in the middle of a gajillion miles from anywhere, in cold, windy conditions where absolutely NOTHING has stood before (except maybe a few explorers 80 or so years earlier)... would you believe it could be done within a month?

If so, then welcome to the world of possibilities! :)

DREAM ON!!!

Quick "After Story"

A reader asked me "What happened with Paul?"

I realized that I told you all this story, but left out what happened w/ Paul - after all, Paul was one of my very first heroes, and he always will be. He was my best friend for years, and I don't regret one single minute.

Paul and I broke up after our 3rd season on the Ice, and he stopped going back - obviously, it would have been too painful. I take full responsibility for the breakup. My mom got sick, and she died during our 3rd season - and for reasons that today seem so very infantile and bizarre, I had this strange feeling that I had a kind of freedom (I had always wanted to please my mother)...

At any rate, I continued going to the Ice for another several years/seasons. I am extremely pleased to tell you all that Paul is now very happily remarried, and is still such an amazing person! I have nothing but total respect for him. He is a man of true integrity.

He continues his work at a guest ranch in Colorado and tells me that he and his wife went to Christchurch, New Zealand where there is an Antarctic exhibit - he says, "Kath, evidently we were part of the 'wild years' down there." :)

That oughta tell you something!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Antarctica is such a special place, that it's quite hard to explain to people what it's like to live and work there. Hopefully, some of these might help!

Please drop a line and let me know your thoughts on limits and possiblities!

I Hope You Were Able to Feel The Emotions That Come with Working in a Place Like Antarctica - And I hope you, too, have Dreams - and KNOW that you can have them

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      archetekt lm 3 years ago

      I have neighbors who are currently on "the ice" and have worked there every season for the past 12 years or so. The show me pictures and tell stories on the experience. It sounds interesting but I would pass on that gig.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Totally very cool!

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      casquid 3 years ago

      You are an amazing person, and this is an amazing life to continue growing with. Kudos for the travels ahead, my friend!

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      grannysage 3 years ago

      Wonderful story. I had a boyfriend who was on a Coast Guard icebreaker that went to Antarctica. That's about all I know about it. I admire your adventurous spirit.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience. :)

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      This was so inspiring! Seriously. *Blessed*

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @BowWowBear: I've never been to Alaska, but it's definitely on the list! :) So glad you enjoyed the story and that it spurred some fun memories of your own!

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      It was a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, but I really enjoyed my trip to Alaska. Many of the things you wrote of here I also got out of that trip. I dream to return there again someday. Thanks for sharing!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @bestgiftz: It definitely was!

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      bestgiftz 4 years ago

      Wow, what an experience!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @julia007: Thank you! :)

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      julia007 5 years ago

      The pictures of Antarctica are so beautiful!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @DIY Mary: Thank you so much Mary! :)

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Amazing story, thanks for sharing and spreading the inspiration and the reminder that anything is possible.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @LynetteBell: Thank you so much! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @nicks44: You are very welcome! It was fun to write about that experience.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Mandy Stradley: Thank you so much! :)

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I loved reading this lens, you are inspirational to us all!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      You are truly an inspiration for everyone around here, thank you so much for sharing this!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a wonderful experience and great lens:)

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What an inspiring story and wonderful photos! And congratulations on both the LOTD and Purple Star.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @pheonix76: Thank you so much! Your words mean a great deal to me! You have made my day! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @BunnyFabulous: Thank you so much! Yes, I followed that story on the doctor at South Pole who had to work on herself. They did do a successful mission to get her out during winter - a very, very dangerous thing due to the extreme temperatures.Sadly, I believe that she lost her battle w/ cancer a year or so ago. But, she was quite a fighter!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @miaponzo: Thank you so much! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: I love your lens! I have visited it - and actually, your lens was the one that introduced me! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @PlethoraReader: Thank you! :) I still miss it...

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Amazing experience! Blessed!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @vividviolet: Wow! Thank you so much! Those are words that truly warm my heart!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Ah! I'll put an update about Paul - I'll hop over to your profile page to fill you in though in case you don't see it here. Paul and I broke up after our 3rd season on the Ice, and he stopped going... I continued going to the Ice for another several years/seasons. Paul is now very happily remarried, and is still just an amazing person! He continues his work at a guest ranch in Colorado and tells me that he and his wife went to ChristChurch, New Zealand where there is an Antarctic exhibit - he says, "Kath, evidently we were part of the 'wild years' down there." :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I've learned a lot from YOU Tipi! :) Thank you so much! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @soaringsis: Oh, thank you so much! I'm STILL on Cloud 9!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @seoanushka: So glad you like it!

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      @kayla_harris: Thank you! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @DebMartin: Thank you! Sometimes I wish I could get back there...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Hi Laraine! And... believe me, I was just a very average person on the ice. Quite unremarkable really. I know so many people who just blow me away with their experiences and courage and guts... :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @randomthings lm: Thank you! Yes, so many things are possible it's hard to believe!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is wonderful that in sharing your story with others you also inspired and encouraged people make their own dreams come true.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      While reading this lens, once in a while I stopped reading, closed my eyes and I tryed to visualize the scene and the challenges you faced. Incredible!

      Thank you for writing this, Kathy. I loved this lens! Angel Blessed**

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love your spirit! d

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Antarctica are very nice. By the way, the photos are very beautiful!

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      seoanushka 5 years ago

      Thank you sharing this wonderful lens..its very inspirational.....:-)

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens and yes I can feel the Emotions within. Congratulations on your LotD and your purple star.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have such a gift for stirring up the dreams of others while sharing the unfolding of your, how exceptional! Congratulations on your purple star and LotD honors!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great story but what happened to Paul? Congrats on LOTD, Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      this is one of the most beautiful lenses I've ever read! Congrats on purple star and lens of the day!

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Amazing lens. I have always wanted to go to Antarctica and here you did it! Blessed!

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      @junecampbell: I made a lens about the Camino de Santiago. My lens is called the Way of St James.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Pretty amazing stuff! I listened to a book on CD about the woman doctor who went to Antarctica and had to operate on herself. I was so in awe of all that she went through just to get to Antarctica, let alone what she had to do. I've always been fascinated with people who go to extreme climates. Great lens and I love your storytelling.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible story and photos with us. If only each of us could have the courage and determination to actually pursue our dreams without fears holding us back. You are an inspiration! CONGRATS on LotD!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @RawBill1: Bill, you are absolutely right! Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, I can imagine the shock of going to a cold climate after living in Australia! Yikes! I worked primarily at McMurdo, which was only a couple of miles from Scott Base (the New Zealand station), and I'll bet a lot of the Kiwis there felt the way you did when you went to work at the ski resort! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @aquarian_insight: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this! I really do love to write, and so if it moved you, then I am psyched! And honored... :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @xriotdotbiz lm: Thank you! If I have helped inspire anyone, then I am truly humbled! :)

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      I liked the way you put your journey together, while also inspiring us, your readers, to pursue dreams and to do awesome things too.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved reading this lens - not only is it inspirational, but beautiful and unique too. Thank you so much for making me think about all that is possible.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I have worked in the snow before but only in an American ski resort, but coming from sub tropical Australia this was a huge deal for me. Each time I have stepped outside my comfort zone, amazing experiences have come my way. Life is short, we need to grasp every opportunity that we can in order to live a fulfilling life.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @happynutritionist: Thank YOU for stopping by and enjoying it! :)

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      This is a very inspirational page! Love it, and the pictures are wonderful too. Thank you for sharing.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: That's not a bad idea! I mean... we are talking hundreds of slides! Between my Antarctic slides, and John's climbing slides... we've got some memories! I'll have to dig out the projector some time soon...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @junecampbell: Oh wow! John and I just watched that film about the Camino de Santiago! GO FOR IT!!!! Yes, you can do it! Absolutely! Please write about your experience!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @MayaIxchel: Thank you so much! I have yet to visit Guatamala, but it sounds lovely! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @NightMagic: Go for it! I was pushed since I made this lens under one of the Woot Challenges! Thanks so much for the kind words!

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      What an interesting story. Once I started to read it, I couldn't stop. This lens definitely deserves a Purple Star and LOTD --- CONGRATULATIONS! I think it gave me that little extra push I needed to strive harder to reach my goal.

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Wow! Wonderful story! Congrats on your LOTD! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I am a senior and I am presently planning to hike the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain. This is my dream and I must open my mind to the possibilities that I can complete it.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      For your old slides - my parents had the same problems. So they put their slides into a slide projector snd showed them up on a white wall. Standing behind the projector, you can take a reasonably good digital photo. I have had some very nice old family images sent to me that I haven't seen for many years because they were on slides. I hope this idea works for you.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @iamraincrystal: Thank you so much! Now... to make my other dreams come true!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Heather426: Thanks so much Heather! :) I really enjoyed writing it! More to come...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @sandokan-pes: I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @debmalya-datta-376: :) Thanks! :)

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      debmalya-datta-376 5 years ago

      I agree with you

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      sandokan-pes 5 years ago

      congrats. I really like this lens :)

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Loved every minute of reading your wonderful story.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Your message is truly beautiful! It's great to read about someone living their dream ^_^

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Rosaquid: Thank you so much! :) I am so pleased you enjoyed it!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks so much Susan! I really have to learn how to get slides digitized... That's where the REAL photos are (and I have hundreds of them!)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Art-Aspirations: Thank you so much! :) My head is still spinning! :)

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      Art-Aspirations 5 years ago

      Congratulations, Kathy, on your Purple Star AND Lens of the Day! Well done!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fabulous photos, great lens! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Congratulations on an inspiring LOTD!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @BLemley: Thanks so much! Oh, yes, 1984 was a very different time... Phone calls were an emergency thing only ($10/minute - I had one when my mom died and I was down there). Letters, and once per week short blurbs called "Marsgrams" that were like little telegrams... We had computers for work, and internal email type of stuff - but no internet. Of course, I can also remember B&W TV. ha ha!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you so much! I am honored by the Blessing! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @bushaex: Thank you! Sometimes, it really does feel like a dream...

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings for living the dream.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great lens end experience, thabks for sharing. Angel Blessings!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Congratulations on LOTD! My dream, I'm afraid, wouldn't be to go where it is so cold ~ so you were very brave, from my standpoint, especially in 1984, when I'm sure things were just harder to do, including surviving without computer resources! Great story. It is very inspirational! B : )

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @daniela12: Thank you so much! :) It definitely CAME from the heart! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Ramkitten2000: Thanks! :) That really was a fun Woot challenge! I'll tell you this... those challenges have certainly been a kick in the tuckus for me! What a lot of fun! Thanks again for all your support! :) Hugs to you my friend... Kath

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm back to say YAY!!! I was so impressed with this lens when I was here the first time, during the SquidWoot challenge. It was one of the best I saw of the entries and such a great story. Congratulations on a very well-deserved LotD!!

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      daniela12 5 years ago

      This lens is touched my heart, very inspirational!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @jlshernandez: Thank you! I have a few more Antarctic lenses up my sleeve I think... I wintered over once, but all my photos are on slides. I need to figure out how to digitize them...

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I admire you for your spunk, determination, and a source of inspiration. Thanks for making us experience your Antartica adventure. A well-deserved LOTD.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Very inspiring story.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! When that Woot challenge from last week came up, the idea to write about this just flew into my head, and I couldn't stop myself! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much! I am very eager to continue writing about success. I can't seem to help it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very inspirational lens. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Amen, Stephen! I won't even begin to recount how often I've heard "Be realistic!" or "You must be dreaming!" I no longer listen to that! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @delia-delia: Oh, thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful and kind words. Yes, Paul is amazing. He doesn't enjoy doing a lot on line, otherwise I'd send him this! Thank you also for the Angel Blessing! I am so honored...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you! :) I'm totally blown away by this...