Blog Posts Tagged "Life at sea"

Getting to know you

The beginning days of a 30-day expedition are quite an adventure. 123 people. 57 are the science and laboratory staff. 66 in ship’s crew. Some people have been sailing for 30 years. 

A different kind of Saturday

Today is a different kind of day on the JR than we’ve had in past 8 days. So the blog on sampling in the core lab will just have to wait. 

My day began with a very gray and unspectacular sunrise. I got up 15 minutes earlier than my usual 5:00 am so I could actually see the sun peak above the land. Next time I think about skipping precious sleep time, I’ll check the weather report the night before. 

Rainy Day at Sea

The count down is on. Only 7 full days left. We will be back in port on April 13. Time to say goodbye to the waters of Costa Rica, the muddy sediments, and 12 hour shifts. The scientists will be leaving with lots and lots of data and samples to process.

We've Been Adopted (by Melba-Melvin)

For days now (maybe closer to a week), come rain or shine, we've had a Swallow-tailed gull hanging around for hours at a time on the two liferafts that are secured along the port-side of the Forecastle, or "Fo'c'sle," Deck.  The bird spends so much time out there, we've begun to think we may have been adopted...

Things I Miss

Well, they’re here: the mid-cruise blues. Being on a deep-sea research ship is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime, super-cool, never-to-be-missed opportunity for me to see some cutting-edge science and meet some amazing people, but let’s face it. You can’t take the world with you! That being the case, there are definitely some things I am missing right about now. Some more than others!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

During this Thanksgiving holiday the Expedition 339 participants continued working and preparing themselves to receive the first core on deck, but specially the ones that live in the US are grateful for many things: family, friends, and of course, food.

Safety first!

This is rule #1 aboard the JR. Today at 10:30AM we had an "Abandon ship" drill. Everyone reported to their assigned life boat stations with all our emergency gear on, that included hard hats, safety goggles and life vests.

Olhão à vue!

Pour ce deuxième site de forage, qui touche bientôt à sa fin, la terre est visible! Olhão n'est qu'à une dizaine de km au nord. Ça veut dire plein d'oiseaux et un faible signal téléphonique, qui permet d'entendre la voix de ses proches. Ça fait du bien!

Le dimanche c'est barbecue!

Voilà au moins un point de repère dans l'enchaînement de ces semaines en mer, à bord le dimanche c'est barbecue! Le temps extérieur était de la partie avec un superbe soleil et des températures très agréables. C'est donc aussi l'occasion de prendre un bon bol d'air frais... et c'est ce qui me manque le plus!

Going to the beach and birdwatching after work

As you can tell from the previous blog entries the challenges that we have faced during the weekend are good examples on how sometimes science can be hard, difficult, and challenging.