Catherine Blaine, Trip A, Day 2, October 2014

Trip Day: Day 2

Location: Blake Island

Name(s): Karinna, Claudia, Zachary

School/Grade: Catherine Blaine, 8th

Do you have any interesting stories about today….

Today we looked at plankton under a microscope with the task of identifieng the different types of the plankton. We then recorded what was interesting about it and drew it in our notebooks. During the experiment we were not allowed to communicate verbally while collecting our data (Zooplankton and Phytoplankton.)

Any favorite wildlife sightings, quotes, games to share?

Today we saw while sailing several dolphins and seals along with some jelly fish. We played a game where one crew member was chosen to find a part of the boat that he/she did not know the name of, and his/her fellow crew members guided him/her to the part of the ship using hot/cold. Here on Blake Island, there are deer that are very familiar with humans and do not run when we get close.

Describe the anchorage or moorage where Carlyn is right now.

Today we are docked at Blake Island where the ground is covered in animal feces (Deer, Geese, and Raccoon.). Across the water to the west, we can very clearly see Seattle’s skyline, along with magnolia. There are many islands around Blake including Bainbridge. The trees here are all luscious Douglas fur trees.

Today’s weather:

Today’s weather was very warm at seventy five degrees fareinheit. Yesterday’s weather was very different from today, with many people trying to be prepared with a average of 4 layers. This caused everybody to sweat like pigs. Outside there are stratus clouds, but it remains very clear with the sun setting.

Describe highlights from today’s science and sailing watches:

In our sailing watches we learned how to properly work together in setting up the Jib, Mizzen, and Main sails. We also learned many different parts of the boat such as the Boom, Rudder, How to work a winch, Halyards, and the bow and the stern. In our science lesson we learned how to properly set up a science experiment in the field. We also learned the definition of Shellfish and as a activity we identified them.

Do you have any questions, concerns, or expectations for tomorrow?

One of our concerns is that tomorrow the crew will hand over the control of the ship and science to the students. We are also concerned about tomorrow’s weather. One expectation is that everything will be OKAY.

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