Saturday, June 20, 2015

Good morning from Anchorage


I'm on my way out to Okmok Volcano, on Umnak Island in the Aleutians, with this project.  I'm coming along as a field assistant for the land component of the project, and it should be a fantastic learning opportunity.  From Anchorage, our group is flying to Dutch Harbor, Unalaska on the island adjacent to Umnak.  Then we'll take a charter flight from Dutch to Fort Glenn on Umnak. We were supposed to leave Anchorage yesterday, but it was never able to leave-- just like all other flights to Dutch in the past 3 days. Thick fog there has kept planes grounded. So we spent another night in Anchorage and woke up at 3:30 to go get on the standby list for today. Fingers crossed that we'll be able to leave soon!

As of this morning, the odds of our group having internet access at the bunkhouse have gone way down.  However, we are equipped with a satellite device that will allow us to post short text updates to social media (Twitter and Facebook), as well as to share our location on the volcano.  The map with our GPS waypoints should be accessible here.

Over and out!

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