Thanks for stopping by to read about my adventures! Going on an expedition to Antarctica has been something I always thought would be exciting, and now I'm on my way.

The path that brought me to the South Pole was long and sometimes more curved than straight. Somewhere in my past I got the idea that I wanted to fly helicopters from icebreakers. I don't remember exactly where it came from, but the idea stuck with me through all my years at the Coast Guard Academy, then in my follow-on assignments from 1992 through 2000.

So here I am, finally fulfilling my dream! It was definitely worth the wait. Please enjoy the pictures, stories, and don't forget to write.

My adventure is part of the annual U. S. mission to support and resupply McMurdo Station, called Operation Deep Freeze. The mission and much of the research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and operations in McMurdo are contracted to and run by Raytheon Polar Services.

This is me at the controls of the Coast Guard's HH-65A "Dolphin" helicopter. The HH-65A has been around for many years, and has been going with crews to Antarctica since 1990.

This site is dedicated to Michelle for helping me reach this goal and keeping the homefires burning.

This is me all bundled up for the sub-zero temperatures.

The U. S. Coast Guard operates three icebreakers; the Cutter HEALY, the Cutter POLAR STAR, and the Cutter POLAR SEA.

Polar Operations Division (POPDIV) at ATC Mobile, AL provides the helicopters to all three U. S. icebreakers.

This site is designed to be accessed from the Index Page. You can click on the compass rose in the upper right corner of any page to get back to the Index Page.

It is also designed to run on a 800 pixel wide screen with IE4+ or Netscape4+. Many sorries to those with smaller screens and older browsers. The best solution for you is to buy a new computer from Apple.

I never know when I'll get an internet connection, so each page is designed to stand on its own. Hey, I'm in Antarctica, give me a little slack!

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Page posted 12/24/2001