With classes finished and the stresses of school work off my mind, it’s crunch time for prepping for the cruise. So far we have two action packers full of jars, vials, and anything else needed for collecting samples. Now we just need the finishing touches. I’m slowly getting over my nerves and am excited to leave tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about the cruise for so long– it’s finally happening! Tomorrow we have an early flight to Atlanta where we meet up with the rest of the scientists, and then it’s on to Gulf Port, MS.
Top 5 things I’m excited for:
1. Alvin’s dives
2. Sentry’s evening operations exploring the seafloor
3. Working with/meeting top oceanographers who have been studying the Gulf of Mexico for years
4. Working! Sampling corals, sediments, slime, deep water…
5. Warmer weather and calm seas (fingers crossed)