Adventurer takes trip to the ‘end of the world’

Rockford resident Debra Smitter spent three weeks experiencing one of the most extreme environments on Earth as she voyaged to Antartica aboard a retired Russian research vessel.

Aruba or Antarctica? For an adventurous Rockford woman, the answer was Antarctica. Deb Smitter was considering a jaunt to Aruba with her sister when the plan fell through. Facing a vacation alone, she decided to sign up for a trip that she likely would never find a friend or family member willing to join along. […]