After an early start, we made it to Gulfport, Mississippi with little difficulty. We headed straight to port and, after a short security delay, we boarded the Atlantis. I’ve never been on a ship this big– I’ve already gotten lost a couple times and I’m sure it’ll happen again. I’m waiting to explore the ship until I get a better sense of where everything is. We spent the first few hours unpacking our supplies and organizing our lab space. For now everything is nicely labeled and orderly. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for our “berthing” accommodations, but I’m sharing a room with two of Erik’s lab members- Cheryl and Andrea, and there seems to be plenty of space. Most of the day has been pretty relaxed, with people slowly filing on board and preparing to leave port tomorrow. We left ship to have a nice seafood dinner in town, which was delicious– gotta love Southern cooking. Other than that it has been a relatively uneventful night, just getting settled in, meeting everyone, and resting up for the big day tomorrow.
Archive for December, 2010
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)