December 20, 2007
The Seychelles had some very pretty beaches and we were there a couple days before sailing.
The first few days I felt quite rough and I remember my main thought at this science meeting to plan where the first dredge sites would be was "do not throw up on the maps".
Thanks to a seasickness patch which slowly released scary chemicals I got better and was even able to have a go at some ping pong.
To pay my way I was helping out with the dredging. I got to help with the ropes which I wasn't very good at really, but I did my best.
I also had a go at helping with sorting out the rocks once they got on the boat from the sea floor. Mainly writing on bags and takings pics.
I collected aerosol samples and measured Hg in the gas phase while we were moving. I also tried to collect rain water, I managed to get 2 samples which wasn't bad although I got lots of calls at 2 am and kept just missing the rain.
After 3 weeks we got to Mauritius
As it was a US boat there's no bar on board so we went out to play on our first night in Port Louis.
The next day feeling a little fragile, we headed off to Rodrigues to get some more rocks.
and then to Reunion to hike for 8 hours to get some newer lava samples .
before heading back to Mauritius for more rocks and one last beach
All in all not a bad way to spend a November, although it was a bit of shock getting home. There are about 200 more photos here.
December 06, 2007