Friday started off somewhat smelly. Carl, Katlin and I took a taxi from the hotel to the ship. I put my backpack on the floor and climbed in the middle row of the 12 passenger van. Soon after entering the van, Katlin and I smelled something odd. I looked at my feet and noticed a half dried pile of vomit from the night before. Some fisherman had a rough night, and as a result I had a rough morning because the bottom of my backpack picked up some of the mess. Unfortunately, the day didn’t get better, as I was having all sorts of issues setting up the methyl system.
For dinner, the hotel had this awesome BBQ buffet, with brisket and salmon, and all you could eat sides. A bunch of us ate on the patio, soaking up the last bit of summer.
On Saturday, we checked out of the hotel and moved onto the Healy. I had a lot of lab work to do, so I was the last person to move into my four person room. Being a lowly student, I got placed in a four person room on the 03 deck, which is one deck above the rest of the science crew. Our room is a bit better situated than the others, because instead of one bunk and a singular bed, we have two bunks which blocks the light from the porthole. The second bunk also acts as a room divider for the desk area and some of the wardrobes. After checking into our rooms, we received pagers, which is the primary communication method on the ship. I haven’t yet figured out how to use it, but I’m lucky because mine was already set to vibrate rather than an annoyingly loud ring.
Saturday evening, a student from UA Fairbanks and I hiked up to the Ballyhoo bunker. The bunker is the highest bunker in the US at about 900 feet above sea level. It was pretty neat, with beautiful views of the island and of the sea. Unfortunately I forgot my camera and my cell phone battery died, so I only took one picture. I might have to do the hike again when I return to land. Along the way up the mountain, we picked salmon berries. They look like raspberries, but with yellow coloration before ripening, and turn reddish/blackish as they ripen. We picked a bucket full, and are slowly eating them.
For my last morning on land, I went for a jog with two other scientists. It was nice running along the harbor because of the great view, however, it saddened me to think that it would be my last run outside for a while.
Stay tuned for an update about my first few days at sea!
Also, for those interested, I updated the link to Andrew Morgolin’s blog, such that it should direct you to the site.