Day 1

We had a pretty successful first day today. One of the consequences of having to sail out of San Diego with a smaller ship is that our “commute” to Station Papa has almost doubled. This means that most days early on will be spent almost completely at full speed (roughly 9 knots), with only small breaks in the action to take data if things get “interesting” (euphemism for rough seas). Most of my day was spent recording video data even though we didn’t have complementary instruments in the water. It was valuable for me to get more practice shuffling all of the capturing, driving, and note-taking. Plus, we run all the instruments on Windows so you know there’s going to be issues. We also got the large helium balloon up for a few minutes (I still haven’t really described all our instruments, don’t worry if you don’t know what I’m talking about). And we had some pretty good food (con: not as fresh as on land, pro: someone else cooks it all for you). Tonight: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, and salad. Oh yeah, and we saw an enormous (blue?) whale. Anyway, here are some pictures:

Shoving off!

Point Loma at the edge of San Diego bay.

Safety first! This is a survival suit. You have to prove you can successfully put it on.

Flying our balloon/kite hybrid.

Snapshot from our balloon video.

And from the shipboard camera.

– Mike

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