Daily Prompt: No Way I’m Going

Interestingly, today’s Daily Prompt asks whether there is anyplace we wouldn’t want to go. I immediately thought “Mercury” because of a wonderful story by Ray Bradbury. In the story, everyone lived for a very short time because of the atmosphere on Mercury; it was impossible to be outside in the day because of the planet’s proximity to the sun and the cold was equally as deadly at night. Wasn’t a place I wanted to go, based on all that. However, another review of the prompt suggests that we were supposed to focus on places more local: on this world. That changes things entirely, since I have not as yet been everywhere on this rock; my ability to make such a judgement is therefore limited. I suppose if forced to give an earthly answer, I’d have to say to the hydrothermal vents in the  ocean.

There are things that live near these underwater smokers. In fact, this image shows tube worms. Yeah; no way I’m going there.

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          1. Ha! For sure–what a great conversation starter a card like that would make! And what about the rutabaga, if I might ask? 🙂

  1. Nicely proposed. Clearly you’re not an extremophile then 🙂 I think I’d probably be with you on that one- I think I’ll keep my diving to what I can survive with a scuba tank and a wetsuit, rather than high-pressure submersible craft. A little too claustrophobic for my tastes. Ditto the Marianas Trench.

    That story by Bradbury is one that has always stuck in my mind whenever I hear/read of that planet. It’s such a compelling, haunting story in its own way- thanks for the reminder 🙂

    1. I am the farthest thing from an extremophile, for sure! I find that the very thought of even scuba gear inspires my claustrophobic gene; I don’t swim, unless there are adult floaties involved. And yes–that Bradbury story has stayed with me for years… Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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