During a tour of South Pole Overland Traverse, I got the chance to operate a big red tractor. These tractors are used to haul a caravan of living modules and fuel bladders 1,000 miles from McMurdo Station to South Pole Station, crossing massive ice sheets and the TransAntarctic mountain range.
The southernmost rookery of Aledie Penguins is on a little outcropping of rock in the Ross Sea called Cape Royds. It was named by Ernest Shackelton, who spent the winter there during the British Antarctic Expedition in 1908. The hut built by him and his crew still stands across a small pond from the rookery. The penguins' territory is an Antarctic Specially Protected Area, so the sounds and smells can only be experienced from a distance.