Sunday, August 29, 2010

what r 'em wheels for?

setting up the boats

After 3 summers, I participated in potentially my last beach survey last week.  The weather was the best I've seen it on the coast so far this summer (which of course means that I got sun burnt and got another blister on my lip).  I was nervous about this particular survey because part of it was in Westport, Washington where we had our unfortunate run in with one of the many crabpots in the area last year...  Luckily, the incident was not repeated and we got all the work done in good time.

putting the boats in the water

putting the boats in the water

safety crew trying to find the boaters amongst the clouds of birds

the birds (note the jet skier)!

gabrielle land surveying at sunrise. beautiful colors that morning.
emptying her boots post survey

me land surveying with gabrielle at sunrise

We also managed to find things to entertain ourselves with while in the field.  We found that the dollies that we use to transport the jet skis into the water with also make great dune carts!

andrew showing us how it's done

2 seconds later i had a mouth full of sand.

 diana takes the wheels for a spin

 katy models the uniform

dinner with the crew in our sweet suite we had for the week

permanent infrastructure + beaches = bad news