A few years ago I went to the Antarctic Peninsula. That's the point that sticks up toward South America. A lot of people consider Antarctica and the South Pole pretty much the same, but that's not true at all. The South Pole is about as far from the peninsula as Key West Florida is from North Dakota -- and there's about that much difference in climate.

I was there in the summer (December). The temperature was around 30 F, give or take 10. At the South Pole, it's a LOT colder. You can even find dirt and rocks occasionally on the peninsula and the surrounding islands, even though the snow and ice averages couple of thousand feet thick over all of Antarctica.

I was on a Sierra Club trip on a converted Soviet spy ship. There were about 35 people plus the crew on the ship.

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