Family checking in on Mike! :)
Hi Uncle Mike! Dad tried to explain what you are doing exactly, I think I might get it! LOL! Studying icebergs?? Love the entry on polar bears, good grief, good luck with that! Right now we are in Dothan, Alabama visiting, then we will be heading back to Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Wednesday. I think by Saturday Dad will be running back to Pennsylvania having contended with my 2 year old, Tae, all week long, and our 7 week old baby, Kye. I think he's having fun so far! LOL! Ok...I'll be sure to keep up with your journal entries, this is really cool to check out!! Ok...Dad wants to read more of your journal entries before posting his thoughts..so I'm off! Have fun and be safe!
2 yr old and 7 mo old? And only 2 hands? Wow!
Great to hear from you, and "brother Boyd".
I've gone back and inserted some photos in some of the journals.
Also added a newer one about safety training that we did. It includes some pics and a short video.
We are finally getting out on the fjord today for a "show me" cruise. Sounds like our boats may not be ready for another couple days now. Hmmm.
Well, I need to go find a survival suit that fits for this afternoon and then go to lunch.
Hope to get some good pics to post out on the boat.
Keep in touch. Have fun.
Thanks for following. It's 5 minutes till midnight and the sun is still out. There is no dark here in the summer. It's kind of weird, but getting used to it. It's just hard to stop working and go to bed. You don't realize it's so late.
We are headed back out again tomorrow. Sounds like we're going out to the glaciers and going to hike some of the areas around them . . . not on them. So we don't have to worry about falling into a crevasse. But we will need to take the rifle, just in case.
I would love to see a polar bear, but the chances are slim this time of year here.
We did see a few seals in the fjord today. 2 of them, in different places, were taking advantage of the beautiful sunny, not windy, day we had. They were sunning themselves on ice bergs. We got fairly close to one to get some pics. Not too close though as to bother it.
There's no way to have time to get a journal entry up every day. We have been too busy. But every 2-3 days I should have something new. Always check the journal page, the photo gallery, and the Ask the Team.
I'm also going to put some pretty cool websites up to check out.
Well, it's midnight. Time to head back to my room and pull the shades.
Thanks for sharing with others without internet. I know they'll enjoy it too.
Send me an email to mrhinard [at] polartrec [dot] com I had alot to say back, but lost it all somehow before sending. So now I'm frustrated with the system I'm required to use. Oh well. Some more cool pics coming.
Sorry I haven't replied to your post. We've been getting out on the fjord more lately, having worked out the bugs on things.
OH, today was an incredible day! We woke to the heavy fog we tried to find our way back in yesterday. But the sun burned it off by late morning and it was an incredible day. The air is so clean and clear here. We could see for miles - actually kilometers.
We were able to get alot done too. It was a good day on the fjord, for sure.
The blue/green ice you speak of . . . is usually from closer to the bottom of the glacier as the ice becomes more densely compacted there. So the bluish ice bergs you see in the pictures are pieces that are probably from near the bottom of the glacier before they broke, or calved, off. Sometimes you'll see those blue/green ice bergs with alot of sediment stuck to them. That is definitely from the bottom of the glacier where it was grinding & plucking out rock from the valley it was flowing downward in, toward the fjord. Pretty cool, huh?
That sediment is what we are looking for. By collecting sediment samples we can tell alot about what the glacier is doing, has been doing, and maybe what it will be doing in the future. It helps to see how fast things are changing. Think about it this way: You know the little stream in the woods below your house? If you were to measure the sediment where it flows into Fishing Creek, you could tell alot about what is happening upstream. If you had years of wet, rainy weather, there should be more sediment at the end of the stream. So, you can figure out what happened in the past. You could also look at what type of rock the sediment is. And you could tell where it came from. The rock by your house is a little different than the rock further up the hollow. So the sediment in Fishing Creek would tell where it came from. Does that kind of make sense? Now, expand that idea to the huge glaciers we are on. Getting the idea? Hope so. It's pretty fascinating.
Gotta go for now. I'm glad you are enjoying the photos and journals. Sorry I'm not able to update every day. There just isn't enough time. Hope to get some photos the the great day today up soon. Keep watching.
So, I thought we were of German heritage. I'm thinking mom was Norwegian.
Not sure if you read my journal about "What's for dinner?", but I have eaten so many boiled potatoes here. Mom was famous for that, wasn't she? We've had pork & sauerkraut with dumplings and yesterday we had leftover mashed potato patties for breakfast. I almost went back to the kitchen to she if mom was back there. No fruited jello yet. But we don't leave until Thursday. Could still happen.
It's been foggy the last few days. Still decent temps. It reminds me of hunting season at home.
We swam in the Artic Ocean last night. Well, we jumped in and ran back out. But that counts!!! So we were able to check that off our list of things to do in the Arctic.
Still haven't seen a polar bear, but . . . there's still hope. There was a Dutch team of biologists counting geese on one of the small islands in the fjord and they spotted a PB on one of the other islands. So maybe by Thursday????
Glad you are following along.