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September 21, 2007

Sept 21

I've been in Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay for two weeks now. When I got here it was 15 and sunny. Now on the last day of summer it's snowing. Yes, snow. And I get to go back on the water one more time this afternoon. Pics on facebook shortly...

September 14, 2007

Pictures

For those who hadn't noticed, I'm putting pictures on facebook these days. Look me up there for current pictures of the Alaska trip and other things...

September 12, 2007

Holding in Prudhoe

I'm back in northern Alaska, and there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that some bad weather delayed the crew transfer boat we need to get out to the vessel we're deploying from. The good news is that other permit and regulatory things that may have delayed us farther are looking to be all straightened out. The rest of our team arrives today, we stay one more day here in Prudhoe, and tomorrow we should be able to get started. That all means that I could still be back at home nearly on time, sometime around next weekend.

September 09, 2007

Prudhoe Bound

It's confirmed. I'm on my way back to Alaska. Less than 2 weeks this time, hopefully. 9:15 tomorrow I head via Newark and Minneapolis to Anchorage, overnight, then to Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse where I board the research vessel and head out for 2-3 days work at sea, then back on shore with 5 days to write a report.

For the first time, I'll be in the Artic at night. The weather is still reasonably nice, highs in the low teens, overnight lows down to low single digits. Different part of the North Slope this time, and I'll be flying in and out, instead of long transits by sea. Hopefully I'll post some night pictures in a week or two.

September 08, 2007

Another brief life update

I really have to streamline my process for adding entries to this site. I don't think I'm any more busy now than I've ever been, but lately it seems so hard to find time to log in, write, add links, upload pictures.

I've got tons of pictures that I want to add. If last year in Qatar wasn't enough, this year has had plenty of excitement. A month at sea above the arctic circle. Hiking the Long Range traverse in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland. An excellent family vacation in St. John's.

I'm probably heading back to Alaska on Monday, which puts my time this weekend especially at a premium. Not to mention that I have to focus on finishing my thesis, since I'm already into overtime as far as university regulations about extensions are concerned.

Speaking of the thesis, I'm seriously into writing now. Making good progress, except today my laptop decided to start having mysterious hardware issues. Like not POSTing for 5 minutes and really freaking me out. I managed to get it to boot, and I immediately copied all of my data onto an external HD. Gotta learn to keep those backups current.

In other news, Krista started a vegetable garden in the backyard this year, and it's going really well. We had our first peas and zucchini today, with some grilled shark steaks. Yum. Krista's working late tonight so while I'm giving the laptop some TLC I'm at the office listening to The Final Countdown. Yeah, life is good.