Returned home a week ago from a brutally long hitch of nearly 4 months at sea. Didn’t feel especially inspired to fight our painfully slow internet and make many posts along the way. Most of the hitch was spent in different legs along the Washington and Oregon coasts deploying and recovering science gear. One trip extended down to Cape Mendicino, CA and another to Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island (pictures included).
This was the second year in a row we’ve made the senior student trip to Nootka.
We did lots of water sampling, mud coring, plankton tows, plastic tows etc.
It is such an amazing place and a great place to be when the winter storms are raging outside the fjords.
We had to run offshore during the trip to make water this year. While offshore, we recovered a wayward science buoy from Oregon State University that broke free of its mooring near Newport, OR. There is a video of that coming later.