Schmitz Park Elementary School, Trip A, Day 1, June 2014

Trip Day: 1

Location: Spencer Spit Orcas Island

Name(s): Will and Emma

School/Grade: 5th Grade

Do you have any interesting stories about today….

Today was our first day on Carlyn.  I don’t think it was anything we expected. We split up in two watches; water and wind. We took turns doing science and steering the boat around. We’re going to be studying plankton and turbidity in science. Today we learned to steer the ship and put up the sails. So far on Carlyn, things are looking positive and nobody’s thrown up! 

Any favorite wildlife sightings, quotes, games to share?

Today we saw a bald eagle in what looked like its nest. Earlier today, we saw a few porpoises around the back of the boat. It’s amazing to see and learn about all of the different wildlife in the Salish Sea!

Describe the anchorage or moorage where Carlyn is right now:

We are currently at Spencer Spit Park on Lopez Island. Carlyn has anchored next to the small island shore. We have split up in watches again; water on the boat and wind on the island.

Today’s weather:

It started to look like a pretty gloomy first day, but as afternoon came it shaped up to look a lot sunnier and A LOT less cold!  We enjoyed the day regardless of the weather though

Describe highlights from today’s science and sailing watches:

We boosted our ‘knowledge nuggets’ in science and sailing as we sailed the ship along and used nets to catch plankton. We also sang a silly song about ‘deck potatoes’ (the boat version of a couch potato!)

Today was a beautiful amazing day on Carlyn! Our first day turned out to be a hit and we look forward to tomorrow’s opportunity for learning and HAVING FUN!!!!

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