Although Peggy was born and raised in sunny southern California, splashing in the ocean and soaking up the rays, she moved to Colorado for college, and now calls it home. With a degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in Meteorology, weather observation, she did research involving hail storms in Colorado. Somehow, she ended up working in Antarctica for 17 summer seasons, and thinks of the icy continent as a second home. While there her main focus was providing good nutritional options for the scientists. Her secondary emphasis was exploring the area around McMurdo Station when the opportunity arose. Lots of time was spent training and being trained on sea ice travel and safety. After a one year hiatus from The Ice, she is returning for her 18th season, leaving Colorado and hiking trails behind for a few months.