We’re Doctor and Mister Fudge, and we’re going to Antarctica. We will be sharing this adventure, but having very different experiences.
Jessie is going for the penguins; I’m going for the ice.
She will living in the ‘city’ of Antarctica – McMurdo Station. I will be living at the WAIS (West Antarctic Ice Sheet) Divide field camp.
1200 people live and work at McMurdo. 50 people live and work at WAIS Divide.
Jessie will have a bed in a dorm; I will have an air mattress in a tent.
Jessie will be working in a medical clinic. I will be drilling an ice core.
But that’s what’s coming, and I should write a little about who we are.
We met at Bowdoin College, where Jessie was pre-med and I was in geology. Jessie knew she wanted to be a doctor, and I knew that I hated rocks. So I started studying ice.
Fast forward 4 years of medical school for her and 2 master’s degrees for me (M.Sc. and MBA for those interested) and we moved to Seattle. I started my Ph.D. in glaciology (I’m a perpetual student) and Jessie began her family medicine residency.
We spend much of free time (at least what little Jessie had) exploring the wilds of Washington either on our skis or in our kayaks. I took Jessie to Norway on a “This does not count as a honeymoon” honeymoon where we spent a week hut-to-hut hiking. While a great trip, she made me promise to take her somewhere tropical. So I take her to Antarctica! But this time we will treat ourselves to a month of kayaking in the tropics after shivering on the ice.
My research was the impetus for heading to Antarctica and Jessie just can’t pass up an adventure. She will also be the first Fudge to visit the 7th continent – something she keeps reminding me of.
We are excited to share our adventure with you, so bookmark this site. We will post about science, medicine, wildlife, and general Antarctic craziness.