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Today begins with the nerve racking weather monitoring as the team tries to plan for their longest trip in the field. It is a long trip anyway, but adverse weather can make it significantly longer. They have been watching the wind direction and anticipating wind shifts over the next 15-20 hours. The morning started with overcast skies, cool temps and winds out of the east. True story; in the time it took me to walk to the school and talk briefly with a couple of teachers (15-25 minutes) a DENSE fog settled over Kaktovik. That fast! Now, I suppose that they have another set of possibilities to consider, very low visibilities. I'll keep you posted!
thanks for listening, jill.

As it turned out the team, consisting of Carrie Harris, Dr. Ken Dunton and the brothers Dunton as captain and co-captain made it out into the field in the afternoon. The weather continued to flip and flop all day long. In the first photo, the captains enjoy a grilled cheese as a pre-field meal while Stephanie hydrates the Techni-Ice. Ted and John observe Stephanie's Techni-Ice hydration skills.Ted and John observe Stephanie's Techni-Ice hydration skills. All three brothers Dunton learn from the master.All three brothers Dunton learn from the master. After the field excursion, Dr. Ken made migas for all. The ladies enjoyed a spot of tea as dinner was prepared. Tara, Carrie, and Stephanie enjoy teatime as Ken makes migas.Tara, Carrie, and Stephanie enjoy teatime as Ken makes migas. Migas 101, everybody listen up!Migas 101, everybody listen up! Stephanie regales all with an after dinner story Stephanie regales all with an after dinner story Tara, Roy and Carrie enjoy Stephanie's story.Tara, Roy Churchwell and Carrie enjoy Stephanie's story. Stephanie travels to the library to check e-mail etc.Stephanie travels to the library to check e-mail etc. Carrie checks to see if the filtering process is complete.Carrie checks to see if the filtering process is complete. It's ready : )It's ready : ) Carrie and Ken share a filtering moment.Carrie and Ken share a filtering moment. " class= The middle filter has run it's course and is ready for removal and drying.The middle filter has run it's course and is ready for removal and drying. The final product.The final product. Samples are dessicated in the drying oven.Samples are dessicated in the drying oven. The label becomes the hinge for the lid on this dish.The label becomes the hinge for the lid on this dish going into the drying oven. Tara hides from the camera.Tara hides from the camera, but who (or what) hides in the coats on the left? Ken takes a look at the plankton of the day.Ken takes a look at the plankton of the day.