A photo recap

It’s been two weeks since we docked in Dutch Harbor and I danced in the rain to celebrate our return to land. Life on land moves pretty quick. I find myself looking back on this trip feeling very fortunate for the experience, skills learned and friends made. Given that photos say more than I can, here’s a photo recap of our cruise. Please excuse my elementary photography skills.

The C-130 that flew out for the air drop

The C-130 that flew out for the air drop

Lauren and the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St-Laurent

Lauren and the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St-Laurent

Team Mercury at the North Pole!

Team Mercury at the North Pole!

The Polarstern, the German research ship one of my lab mates nicknamed "The Party Ship"

The Polarstern, the German research ship one of my lab mates nicknamed “The Party Ship”

Making sure the jolly man brings me something other than coal this year

Making sure the jolly man brings me something other than coal this year

For better photos from this cruise, take a moment to check out some of Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall’s photos and a story about the at-sea oceanography class on the Coast Guard’s blog.

For those of you interested in videos, check out the PolarTREC Youtube page for some neat footage from the cruise. This video Bill Schmoker took of the aurora borealis is a beautiful snapshot of what we got to see our last week at sea.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for reading my blog and following our journey through the Arctic Ocean. Your kind comments and emails throughout the trip made many hectic and stressful days better. I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunity and am looking forward to processing the samples and data I brought home to learn more about mercury in the Arctic and what it means in the context of our changing world.

Thanks and until next time,

Alison

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