We woke up to high winds and made a straight course toward Beta Gris, a bay on the Keweenaw Peninsula, for shelter in the lee. Once anchored, we collected scientific data with the Hydrolab, Secchi disk, Eckman Dredge, and the zooplankton net. Then we hopped into zodiacs to head for an afternoon on the shore. Many of us took advantage of the opportunity to swim, paddleboard, and cool off in the sweet Superior waters. Another tall ship, the Niagara, joined us to wait out the weather and is anchored to our starboard side. After our swim, Christina led us in an observational science activity spotting items in the woods. We still had time before our return to the ship so we adventured inland to Haven Falls park, right on the Keweenaw fault. We thought it was only a 2.5-mile walk, but it was actually 4.8 miles! Many of us almost made it there before being picked up by Clare’s husband for a much-appreciated shuttle to finish the trip. There were a few people who walked the entire distance! We are now back on the boat enjoying delicious spaghetti dinner and everyone must be tired because we are so quiet. We are finishing our day with a rousing round of Sea Shanties.
Our personal take homes thus far include: our increased understanding of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, connecting and sharing ideas with other educators, and being a part of a working research sailing vessel. We so appreciate the hard work of our crew and the folk at Center for Great Lakes Literacy for this wonderful experience.
Christine & Mick