Sunday, January 26, 2014
Today is Sunday January 26, three days before our scheduled departure to Antarctica. After long travel days, most of the research crew has arrived in Hobart, and preparations for the voyage are underway. The research crew is ensuring that lab spaces are stocked and ready, as well as ensuring that all supplies are stowed properly for the crossing to Antarctica. Our contingent of students has been working under the expert supervision of Gene Domack, Amelia Shevenell and Amy Leventer and the marine geology lab is almost ready for the expedition. We have been working on organizing various research materials, as well as securing storage for the cores that will be recovered during the expedition. The rest of the ship is abuzz with activity, as further preparations are made for our stay onboard.
When not preparing lab space, we have had the opportunity to explore Hobart. The city is beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for a more hospitable place to sail from. Travel around the city is undemanding, as our hostel is located a short walk from all of our necessities. The Nathaniel B Palmer, conveniences such as grocery stores and coffee shops, and a variety of restaurants are all within a 10-15 minute walk. It has certainly given us time to get to know each other outside of the lab setting. We were also graciously welcomed by the Tasmanian Polar Network, who threw a great reception, giving us the chance to meet colleagues in our fields and on our cruise. We have a great crew for the expedition, and I am excited to set sail!
Mikhaila Redovian, Colgate University