A Picturesque Camping Trip

Once again we tripped off to Vancouver, B.C. with a group of students from UW’s Friday Harbor Labs.  This time it was the ZooBot class (a Zoological and Botanical survey of coastal sea life).

This is Megan.
Megan
Megan teaches the Zoo part of ZooBots.  I took this shot right after the class returned from the beach and caught Megan in the act of exchanging boots for shoes. Megan is just as fun and energetic as this photo implies.

This is the classroom.
Waves

This is the class.
class

Somethings to study.
sealife 2

Some more things to study.
sea life

Of course it wasn’t all work.
Kamp Kool Kids

When in camp we roasted hats.
roasted hats

Roasted socks.
roasted socks
Played games.
cards

Celebrated a birthday …
party
… with cake …
cupcakes

… and music …
music

… and dancing.
dancing

We also ate.
ate
Megan’s friend brought us a bucket full of fresh crab.  I am sure that somewhere in all the crunching and slurping we remembered to say thank you.

And of course I found time to take a few pics:

wildflower

Wildflower

dancing grass

Dancing Grass (growing from a rock)

more scenery

River Tree

seedy

Seed Head

fiddle fern

Fiddlehead Ferns

crab

crab

anemone

Sea Anemone

gull

Gull

berry soon

Berry Soon

grass

Grass

Botany Bay path

Botany Bay Path

Botany Bay steps

Botany Bay Steps

Botany Bay lower trail

Botany Bay Boardwalk

furry trees

Furry Trees

greens

New Growth

stellar jay

Stellar Jay

2009 — Seaweed Camp

As you can see, the camp looked much the same as it did two years ago.

Seaweed Camp, from a distance

Seaweed Camp, from a distance

Our Own Tent City

Our Own Tent City

The "Kitchen"

British Columbia is one of the most beautiful, green places I have ever been. To get that beautiful and green takes a lot of rain — and we were there for it!

Low Rain Clouds hang over the ocean and the mountains on the other side of the inlet.

A Seagull Flies Through the Clouds

Even the Canadian Geese are Cold. They stand here on one leg, conserving body heat.

Two years ago, the waders and rain gear were dried by spreading them on pieces of driftwood in the sun. This year, wet gear was suspended from the cooking awning, but dry was just a dream.

Dreaming of Dry

Dreaming of Dry

The fire struggled against the wet with little success.

If Not Watched Constantly, It Would Dwindle & Die

If Not Watched Constantly, It Would Dwindle & Die

Still, a little rain doesn’t stop our intrepid scientist:

Here he is studying a Sand Spider

And here he is studing a Botany Book beneath the kitchen awning.

And here he sits beneath the kitchen awning studying a Botany Book.

Mostly it was too wet for me to do any trail hiking or tide pool visiting. I did not have rain gear and my clothes soaked through quickly; which left me with no way to retain my body heat, so I much preferred staying dry. However, there were lulls in the rain and I did get to snap a few treasures.

A Dried Barnacle Husk, washed up on the beach.

A Dried Barnacle Husk, washed up on the beach.

A Tangle of Seaweed & Hawthorne Berries on the Shore.

A Tangle of Driftwood, Seaweed & Hawthorne Berries on the Shore.

Evidence of a Storm Past

Evidence of a Storm Past

Fire Weed

A Shell Full of Sand & Sea

Nature's Sculpture

And this post is more than too long, so we will save the most amazing moment of all for tomorrow’s post.