i am blogging on my phone from upper Puget Sound aboard the RV Clifford A Barnes, a converted. we started up in Sequim Bay and spent last night in a tiny marina in hood canal. we are taking very shallow (ideally undisturbed)core samples to collect dormant phytoplankton samples. it is the first of a three year project to investigate the algae that kills shellfish and makes them toxic. we are sampling all over the sound looking for places with high concentrations (dormant in the winter) to help predict areas of possible blooms in the spring/summer. although, what influences result in a bloom are unknown, knowing where they are is a big start.
yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day, if cold. The olympic range had a fresh dusting of snow. the sun was shining and at one point i could see both mt. raineer and mt. baker at the same time. it was stunning. today it is cold and cloudy with misty forests and mountain tops.
i learned quite a bit about working in the cold. a few notes for future reference; if you buy a bunch of long underwear to wear under your clothes, make sure your clothes are big enough to accomodate. long sleeve thermal shirts should ALWAYS include thumb holes. skinny jeans are a much better fit under rubber boots than boot cut pants, which fit better outside boots. there
is no amount of insulation you can get in your gloves that will actually keep your hands warm. brimmed wool hats go a very long way. brimmed earflap wool hats and you're a rockstar. neckwarmers or cowls that fit under coats make the rest of the crew jealous.