To the South Pole and back in 4 days!

Aloha winter folks,

      Last week I made it all the way south, took care of the dental needs of “The Polies” as they are called, and returned to McMurdo 4 days later, which is just about the right amount of time to enjoy the -40F to -50F setting. McMurdo was hopping with the ship offloading its cargo, followed by the fuel ship which is almost ready for the icebreaker escort back to the open sea. Hopes are high for the Air Force C-17 jet to resume service between New Zealand and McMurdo to cut the return trip down to 5 hours instead of 8, so it should be smooth sailing by the time I get out of here on February 15th.

I’m booked for a week in New Zealand, then 10 days in New Caledonia to check out the beaches, kite sailing, scuba diving and French bakeries. My mom has agreed to join me since Florida seemed a little tame and she was up for some adventure travel.

I’ve got what I think will be my last root canal of the season this afternoon, and will finish up with lots of check-ups and cleanings for the folks that are spending the winter here. Pickleball and ping pong are still going strong, with a few walks to the water in hopes of seeing penguins, seals and whales.

Send some news from home and enjoy the rest of winter.


Almost liberated Bob

The unheated passenger terminal at the South Pole- only 52 below that day!

The fuel ship is in town to offload 5 million gallons for the next 12 months

Eggs Florentine and Mimosas for 12 in the medical kitchen

McMurdo medical crew poses in the trauma bay

Broken dental suction switch replaced with dental composite and an embedded paper clip