Well, I certainly lucked out with having so much time here in Australia. The weather and waves did not cooperate for me in July; however, I was able to finally squeeze in my last 3 sites, mostly in the last 4 days that I had planned on doing work in Sydney. Crazy.
The last few days were extra enjoyable, mostly because the weather and waves had cleared to stellar conditions and I even had some company for two of my 3 days. I met a new friend in Uluru from Japan who came to Sydney afterwards for a holiday. She asked to come along with me on my research, and considering this site was nearly 3 and half hours round trip on the bus, I was happy for the company. She doesn’t speak English all that well, but seemed to enjoy being out in the intertidal. I taught her the names of the two species that I have worked on in the area and the one that I am working on currently. She kept saying “pain” every time I took a tissue biopsy. I tried to explain that there was little pain and that they regrow the tissue quickly. She kept saying it though, I think just to get a razz out of me.
My second field assistant is my friend Emily Shepard from the EAPSI program. She was in town for our Program Debriefing (Post coming soon), and asked if she could come along with me in the field. The day that she picked was as good as it gets. We had a super low tide, a bright sunny day, and no waves whatsoever. We even got two sites sampled that day, even with a 25 min bus ride between them. She seemed to think that I had it easy here, and that she had picked the wrong field to study. I tried to tell her how extraordinarily nice this day was, but I am not so sure if she believed me. We even managed to find a way onto the epic Manly Ferry for our return home.
Anyway, here is a shout-out to her blog: iwassayingboourns.blogspot.com
My last and final day of sampling was another Sydney public transit epic. 50 mins on the train and then 45 mins on my bike. It was another great day, so I just soaked it all in, knowing that soon I would be back home, slaving away on my Dissertation. Sampling went along without a hitch and I biked back into town, found some decent Indian food for a triumphant dinner, and called my EAPSI Field Season closed and completely successful.
It still had to ride the train back though.
And bike home from the train station….