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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 07, 2015

Bermuda Bus Adventures

Lena Goss, B Watch, Whitman College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

B Watch out on the bow in the Headrig (Will, Margaret, Lizzie, Lena, Ashley, Laura, Callie, Sarah, Fredrick)

Ship's Log

Noon Position
32° 22.7’ N x 64° 40.9’

Description of location
St. Georges, Bermuda

Ship Heading
At the dock, facing West

Taffrail Log
804nm miles traveled

Weather
22°C, overcast, Wind E x SE and light, Force 2

Souls on Board

Hello from the Tropical Sub Tropics!

We are still at dock enjoying the rest and time to explore this lovely little island. Today was our first official whole day off full of student organized swimming, eating and bus riding adventures. The day started with an unofficial all student muster on the quarter deck at 0845 and from there we bussed to the bustling city of Hamilton. After stops to get frozen yogurt, wander through the Bermuda National Gallery and observe the local fashion of businessmen in shorts, sports coats and matching knee socks, it was time to find a beach. We had local information about a lovely little cove on the north shore a short walk from Hamilton. In fact it was beautiful with white sand, turquoise water, and little cave to explore, but the walk took about 40 minutes.  We spent a few hours enjoying the water – some people had brought snorkel gear – and eating our picnic lunch (we never leave the ship without sandwiches.) There were corals here and there and massive sea cucumbers similar to ones we saw while snorkeling on the reef a few days ago.

Then it was time to for more exploring and we headed for the Pink Sand Beaches, and hopefully a ferry ride. (We also opted to take the bus back to Hamilton.) The group broke up and Fredrick and I headed to the ferry dock to take the boat across the bay to the dockyard and beaches. Unfortunately, it being tourist season, the ferry was completely over loaded with passengers. This was a novel experience for me, since my home is an island outside of Seattle and the ferries are massive and never get too full of people. So it was back to the bus station via a stop for Wi-Fi. We marched back to the buses (Swedes and Seattlites walk fast) and decided we might as well return to the quite little town of St. Georges by the ship, find ice cream there, and maybe another swim if we felt the need.

I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, and enjoying a great Bermuda ginger beer, and ignoring emails since the internet was down for the whole island. Somehow all the many busy sightseeing adventures we had planned got pushed aside, as did the plans for naps, and my hopes to paint or sketch a bit. When 1830 rolled around we (B watch) were back on board for pizza dinner and an evening in the lab. Four long lab hours later Team Microbes had finished cleaning all 27 samples of DNA that are now ready for sequencing when we make port in New York. Then I went to sleep for a bit before my 0530 dock watch to watch the sunrise. 

Cheers!
Lena

P.S. Hello to all my family and friends reading this, I am alive, not sunburnt and having a blast!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  port stops  bermuda. • (1) Comments

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#1. Posted by Christie Goss on May 14, 2015

So good read about your adventure, Lena. Sounds like a great time!  Love from the Jackson Gosses


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