Dutch Harbor

Photo taken by Peter Morton

Photo taken by Peter Morton

After spending the morning in our Anchorage hotel, my friends and I had lunch at Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria. The beer, pizza and salad were delicious. Afterwards, we headed to the airport to catch our flight, which was a lot less eventful than our flight the day before. The photo above is of me on the tarmac about to board the plane (Photo by Pete Morton). Landing in Dutch Harbor was still pretty complicated, because of both the short landing strip and the mountains. Unfortunately, the other scientists who checked bags on the flight did not get them when we landed because the flight had to leave 2,000 pounds of baggage in Anchorage.

Our days have been pretty busy, filled with lots of lab set up and gear organization on the ship. On Thursday, Team Mercury spent most of the day helping move gas cylinders. Lifting those tanks over many water tight door frames has made my glutes very sore this morning. Now that we have gas, today we’re planning on making reagents and testing our instruments to ensure our blanks will be low enough for seawater.

The town of Dutch Harbor is pretty small. Our hotel is located between a Safeway and Alaska Ship Supply, which is a combination of hardware store/outdoor gear store/drug store. There isn’t a ton to do here, not that we would have the time. The internet is really slow, and comes at a high price, $36 per week. It takes a long time to load email and facebook (if it loads at all), and occasionally I can’t send any emails. I’m considering it a training run for the next two months. For dinner last night (Thursday) a few of my scientist friends and I went to a sushi place in Dutch Harbor. We went on a bit of a wild goose chase to find the restaurant, but once we were there it was well worth it. I shared a variety of sashimi with other people, and we also got a few rolls. Given that we’re in the home of The Deadliest Catch, we figured we had to get something with king crab, so we got an Alaskan Roll, which had king crab, cucumber and wasabi sauce. In other food updates, I had some reindeer sausage for breakfast my first morning, and it was delicious. Most of the scientists are stocking up on fruits and veggies at Safeway to make up for the lack of fresh produce in the coming months.

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