Monday, January 11, 2010
We began moving and unpacking some of our gear on the ship on Sunday afternoon. The main focus was to construct the three tripods and make a list of supplies we needed to pick up (extra bolts, wire, silicone spray, etc.). We moved quickly and accomplished quite a bit in a short time (see the picture of the construction). Today (Monday, January 11), our day started by moving out of our hotel and onto the R/V Revelle. It is quite the research vessel, a very impressive ship and a competant/helpful crew. JP and I (Corbett) were able to pick up the remaining ECU equipment from storage (it had arrived in Tauranga, NZ in early December) and deliver it to the ship. We spent the remaining part of the day unpacking and organizing the labs. This is no small feat…it is a bit more difficult to set up a mobile laboratory. You need to be prepared for all kinds of weather and waves…anything and everything must be secure. Don't want your equipment ending up on the deck because of rough seas! A day in port wouldn't be complete without another trip to the local hardware store for additional supplies (all those little things that were left at "home"). All in all, things are moving quite smoothly…just busy!