Alderwood Middle School – Day 3

Trip Day: Day 3

Location: San Juan Islands

Name(s): Student crew

School/Grade: 7th/8th

There was a good breeze for sailing between the islands today. We made our way from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island to the small island park of James Island on the eastern edge of Decatur Island.

Part of science station today was learning more about plankton and what it takes to be successful as an organism that can neither sink to the bottom or float to the top. The students practiced making plankton creatures and tested their buoyancy.

The Afternoon Report

We are on the west side of James Island at the narrow most part of the island.
The weather today was mostly cloudy and there was more wind than yesterday.

Marcus and Kelli steered the ship. A racoon wandered into the main cabin. We had an awesome nature walk. Captain Tom showed some great steering ability when we came to the dock. The crew pointed out many new edible plants.

We are excited for Challenge Day tomorrow. It is expected to rain. We will be in charge of the ship and the science. We are also looking forward to showers.

There are amazing views from James Island and you can really make out its peanut shape. there is long grass and trees as part of the view.

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