Hey all! Reporting to you today is Alexis and Reese. Although today was not as adventurous as yesterday's hiking exploration, it was a day focused on education. It was a school morning for all of us, even back home in the "lower 48." We started the morning off Skyping our professor's daughter's fifth grade class at 9:30 am Alaska time...1:30 pm Eastern time. They were very excited to see us and they asked us plenty of questions about our trip so far. It was precious to see their faces light up when they heard things such as, how much snow is up here (17 feet at Exit glacier), how big moose are, hearing how we got flakes of gold during our gold sluicing day, and how late the sun goes down (10:30 pm) and how early it rises (4:30 am)! Sometimes you miss being that young, but nothing can beat the things we have seen up here. After lunch, we headed into town to get our fishing licences for the weekend of deep sea fishing. It was an interesting process, but we are all set and ready to go! Now we are hoping the weather cooperates for the weekend.
Then we ran to the store to pick up some food..again, it is unreal how expensive things are up here, but as we have heard from the locals, food doesn't come cheap and a lot doesn't come fresh. It is tasty nonetheless, and we enjoyed a dinner of BLTs and tater tots; yum!
Earlier though, we attended a lecture at the Islands and Oceans Visitors Center. Lisa told us about the research that their 30 biologists are conducting on the coastal islands all the way around Alaska involving seabirds and climate change. The lecture was very informational and after we used a computer simulation to give us an inside look on how talented these biologists are. We had to try and count how many birds were in a picture in 10 seconds and try to be within 5% of the total. This is the percent their biologists have to consistently be within in order to go out into the field. It was a lot harder than we thought it would be! Some students were better than others, but we all had fun and can't wait to go back on Monday. Until then, keep checking the page out and enjoy our pictures!
Alexis & Reese