To be fair, we have had epic successes on this trip. We have hit 7 sites so far, and come away with 68 samples. Woohoo! And two of those sites are brand new, simply amazing!
Our visit to Ship Island ended in thunder and a frantic walk/run to the ship once it docked at the island, but only after we met with great success on both the ocean and bay side of the island. My day was also made by the frequent viewings of dolphins (there were some baby fins out there!) and sting rays of all sizes. And let us not forget the hermit crabs, who would hide as soon as they saw us coming.
All round, Mississippi and Louisiana were much friendlier to us tar-ball collectors this time around. More efficient and more interesting sampling, better service at Osaka for dinner (they brought us spring rolls and didn’t deny us the pleasure of soups and salads) and although the rains dampened the air around us, it most certainly did not dampen our enthusiastic spirits! Although the morning collection did result in sweat-lodge amounts of perspiration.
Prospects of humidity and scattered thunderstorms in the air tomorrow bode for a hot and sweaty day, and potential heat stroke/death by lightning on the rock jetties. But don’t worry, the woman at the deli in our Shoreway supermarket lunch stop tomorrow will clear the skies with her endearing way of calling everyone “Baby”.
More to follow tomorrow night! Posts might resemble the weather channel, given that this trip has been the most exciting weather-wise.