Day 3: GLAD Expedition – Calm before the storm… of activity

Today’s edition of the “Daily CARTHEan” will be a bit meager. It’s no accident- the furious pace at which drifter construction proceeded yesterday has left us with very little in the way of group physical labor to be done today. Attaching water-activated flashing LEDs to each of the ninety drifters in the “S1” deployment is one task, but the real work won’t begin until the LSS deployment around 8:30 tonight.

The dry lab aboard the F.G. Walton Smith is a flurry of code-displaying laptop screens (with a few reserved for composition of weather-related mass-emails). The highlight of my morning/afternoon thus far (besides the enchiladas and fried plantains I had for lunch) has probably been the reinforcing of our camera mount with even more hunks of metal and fastening implements. I shudder to think of the conditions that would loosen that sucker now.

Photo by: Nathan Laxague

Speaking of food (at least I think I was), a 30ish pound Mahi Mahi was caught this morning. In a separate, coincidental development, tonight’s dinner menu now includes “blackened mahi mahi.” Huh. I hope it’s fresh.

Look for tomorrow’s update to include a play-by-play of our first major exercise, as the deployments along the LSS ship trajectory look to take somewhere north of 50 hours from start to finish. I’m sure that each of us will be well-rested and chipper come Saturday night.

Nathan Laxague signing off (somewhere between ennui and teeth-gritting anticipation).


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