Sunday, April 27, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
rolling and greener and greener faces have appeared..........and to my
mind we're barely moving yet.....yikes! We managed to head out last
night at 8pm, and although we had the basic 'safety' meeting last
night we have a ton of meetings today.
BUT (in capitals no less), one VERY exciting thing. My babies were
dead (no thats not exciting), but I loaded them onto the ship and
finally dealt with them last night. Some had completely disintigrated,
but some were still gooey (though obviously dead). So I let those ones
dry out. This morning they had totally dried out, and guess
what.........I have coral skeletons! The final piece of the
puzzle.....woo hoo! Most of all I have 3 (potentially 5) of them, so
plenty for both me and Laura to do interesting things to. Woo hoo!
Look out for a picture on the Censeam Website in a few days time.
Friday, April 18, 2008
We're in the process of taking on fuel for the trip, loading the last few things and tying things down for the trip. I have to get the biology side more organised - though the students have been fabulous at getting things done - i've been really proud of our side of the science party, they have worked their butts off so far.
Stian is off to CA today to CA......everyone at portcall wants you to stay you've been so fabulous....will miss you baby!
The next post will hopefully be by ship email, we'll see. Our first post on the website should be up soon - http://censeam.niwa.co.nz/outreach/nathaniel_b._palmer
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
First order of the day was getting our Extreme Cold Weather gear. Laura is trying on some of the many pairs of gloves we get issued.
A mound of clothes........
Marshall trying on the largest boots around......
After the morning at the ship the five of down here went out for a tour south of Punta Arenas. These are catagorically not penguins. Cormorants in fact. But they are black and white.
The five of us looking out over the furthest south point on the South American continent.
What kind of tree is this? Anyone know? It was very cool - succulent waxy leaves and big!
We went to visit a reconstruction of one of the first Chilean forts down here. Very cool.
Maureen, Laura and Dan looking out over the Darwin Mountain Range next to one of the forts cannons.
Me at the end of the earth - the furthest south you can get on the continent (there are islands further south...).
And I just liked this photo..........
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Stian gets into port tomorrow too - yay!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I'm also feeling super foolish and pissed off about my heel too - what a time for that to happen. I still couldn't put on shoes this morning and really began to panic they are not going to let me on the ship (and still am). It was also still bleeding a little this morning and my super friend Jenny convinced me to go to the university health center today to get it looked at. The conclusion - yes, I probably should have gone and got it stitched right away (so out there, you can now say "I told you so" for sure), but the doctor wasn't too worried said though it would have healed a little faster it would be for scar control mostly as i'd looked after it well. But it does have a little infection, and though it may clear up on it's own i'm now on antiobiotics to make sure it gets out of there by friday. He was also impressed that that was done by a screen door, and is pretty sure it's going to be a nasty scar with a stupid story behind it, so I should make something cool up now to explain it away. Shark bite or something. So if anyone has any cool-story ideas, just throw them this way.
Sorry to go on about my heel which I know is just a thoroughly gross and boring thing to keep talking about, but it's really the bane of my life right now and totally on my mind, and since that is what i generally blog about, thats what your getting. After I have thoroughly warned you all about the dangers of screen doors, it'll go back to travel, fluffy penguins and coral next week, don't you worry.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I love having a decorated fridge, makes me smile every time I go in there, and the perfect place for displaying the best artwork there is around!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
But in contrast the rest of my saturday was fabulous! Picked up my friend Liz and we headed to do a Costco scout out for her (she had never been and wanted to see if she wanted a card), we then headed to Makapuu, stopping at the Sandy Beach overlook and then did a mile (paved) walk up the Makapuu ridge to see the lighthouse on the cliffs. We were also treated to humpback whales from the top which was wonderful. Each winter over 2000 humpbacks come to the Hawaiian islands to breed, before heading back to their feeding grounds in Alaska and northern California. Even from a distance I still love to watch them.
After that we headed to Kailua for sushi and then back to Honolulu the long-way around, taking Beach Belle for a good spin before she lays "fallow" again next friday for six weeks. Poor Belle, one day i'll be here long enough to get her over 1000 miles........
Sandy Beach from the overlook. The day was windy but beautifully sunny - it was nice to catch some rays instead of being holed up in an office all day!
The Makapuu lighthouse. I love the walk up here, not too steep and not too long, but still feels like a little workout, and you get a fabulous view from the top!
Me and Liz at the top of the ridge. Definitely windy up there! This photo makes me look like I still have long hair.....funny!
Friday, April 4, 2008
One of my favourite cruise photos from 2005. This is Mr T bobblehead attached to the top floats of the ROV Hercules, surrounding him is a deep-sea coral that was over 10ft tall (so wrapped up around him on the top of the ROV). This photo was taken at ~2000m depth. Cool huh. The best bit was that when we moved around to look and collect things, his head would actually bobble. Tee hee. No matter what, this photo always makes me laugh, so thought I would share it with you.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Today was hectic, lots of people to see, another student who wants to do histology (which is great), the histology room is still not even close to being ready (which is bad) and we have no money for new equipment (which is even worse). It all gets more than a little depressing after a while. Even that said, it feels like today was more productive than the last few days, I feel like i'm starting to make (or grind) my place here......
Foot is healing, not as fast as I want (pix below if your not squimish), but as long as I can wear shoes by next friday I guess it doesn't really matter. Trying all the tricks to get it ready to go.........friday the 11th it's back to the Antarctic - round 2 of 3 rounds this year and one next. And I just found out I'll be on another cruise later this year - luckily this time to the northern Hawaiian Islands.....woo hoo, a ten day cruise......don't think i've ever been on one so short!
Oh.....and I have my mac back, all repaired for free by the nice people at Apple. Yay!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
much better today (less aching, less bleeding) so hoping it'll heal
fast before this cruise - lucky I'm in Hawaii and can wear flip flops
and clogs the whole time! Today has been mellow, came home at 3 to
deal with house stuff and random chores, the real wind up to the
cruise is in full swing...........so what vital items have I forgotten
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
*****Update.....okay, so I couldn't resist. It's now thursday and this is what it looks like - way better than monday night is all I can say! Sorry to those who are squimish....but how the hell does a screen door do this! ********