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Heading for the Amundsen Sea, and King Neptune???

12/06/2010, 12:07 PM by Lollie Garay
Position as of Dec 5
Position as of Dec 5

Dec 6

66°52'S, 72°30'W

The Chief Scientist reported early this morning about strange going-ons onboard- read this!


We mysteriously received the following email this evening, just after midnight: Beware ye unworthy trespassers! A brewing storm has shaken me from my quiet slumber. I awake to find that you have crossed without permission into the Southern Realm of Neptune's domain! Who do you think you are? Some of you are not worthy! Be prepared to earn your redemption or suffer the consequences...

Ha... Ha… Ha... Ha... Ha... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarghh!

King Neptune”

And then this morning…

“Arrrrr! I see that you continue to dwell in my southern realm, despite my warnings. It is reported by my seabird minions that you may be a particularly savvy and talented group of individuals. My court and I will pay a visit to your fine vessel to see for ourselves. Given that it is tradition for all who cross my fair waters to ply me with gifts and merriment, surely you will not disappoint!

All unworthy polliwogs have 1 day to find a way to amuse me and my fine court. We take great delight in skits, musical numbers, interpretative dances, etcetera. The synergetic outcomes of teamwork may apply here.

I am reputed to be a cross regal of discerning tastes. I am not amused easily, but if you succeed you may been granted membership into the exclusive Order of the Antarctic.

Your Majesty, King Neptune

We’ll have to wait and see what transpires during this testy, tempestuous transit!

Good luck ASPIRE Team!!!


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