I made it down to McMurdo two weeks ago after an extra day in New Zealand, and have stayed busy working on 8 root canals, 3 wisdom teeth extractions, numerous fillings and cleanings, and a few ear wax removals with my dental suction. The weather’s been a mix of sun and snow, with enough recreational opportunities to get out on hikes and bikes and stay indoors for ping pong and pickleball in between.
I’m scheduled for a trip to the South Pole on the next flight to take care of the folks that need some dental care down there, and then return to McMurdo for a few more weeks. The cargo ship docked yesterday, so we’re celebrating with fresh eggs and oranges for brunch, and mimosas compliments of Mike and Megan’s stash. The medical crew has been great with some new faces and a few folks returning from previous years, but I’m the old vet with 5 seasons of coming down here.
I hiked this morning and saw my first penguin, a solitary Emperor hanging out on the ice shelf looking for fun. Back at the clinic, Eggs Florentine worked out well, so it’s off to a nap and a quiet afternoon.
Write some news from home and enjoy the sunshine.
Fat tire biking on the glacier over the ocean
Posing on the Cat tractor after it’s 2000 mile traverse to the South Pole and back
The Polar Star Ice breaker makes a path though the Ross Sea
When a plain hand mixer just doesn’t have the horsepower for Hollandaise