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Homeward Bound

Posted from Los Angeles, California, United States.

It’s 12:12am in New Orleans but as I write this on our plane that has started it’s decent into Los Angeles. While I’m eager to get back to my daily grind so I can get done with homework that is weighing heavy on my mind, I already am missing the Crescent City.

The ESRM New Orleans trip is advertised as the number one, must have experience within the department. After hearing story after story of all of the fun and shenanigans had on this trip, the expectations have been set remarkably high. Now, after paying my 10 day penance to the city and the blackberry, I can say that every single positive thing I’ve heard is absolutely true. The bar was set high, yet Sean was able to exceed every expectation.

From the difficulty of cutting through blackberry to the sheer fun of dancing and bowling at Rock N Bowl, every moment was just as trying, exciting, and fun as possible. As I look towards graduation and the potential of working in the field and/or of moving on to grad school, I look at opportunities such as this that have allowed me to see how each of them work for me.

All and all, I believe one of the biggest lessons Sean inadvertently taught us was the importance of having friends who share your passions with you. Watching him interact with Tom and John on the transects, at meals, and at shows displayed their genuine enjoyment of what they were doing and of each other. I look forward to continuing to work with the students on this trip and building the same kind of relationship this trio of trimates have

Sean and Tom enjoying the live entertainment at Rock N Bowl as they wait on their bowling shoes

John picking leaves from a plant for Tom and him to look at and discuss

Tom looking at leaves having a long winded discussion with John about the exact species of the plant.

Tom, John, and Sean goofing around and having fun on a sea saw

Sean and Tom bowling together at Rock N Bowl

Rare Woodland Conservancy Trails Roadkill

While working on the trails today, the BAB working group found this interesting roadkill at 2500 m along trail A. Because these individuals have been squished beyond the point of ID, they may remain unknown in species. Drive safe on your trails out there!!

Sea Shanties

Last night we packed all 14 students into Sean’s van and visited Paul Sanchez, a New Orleans local and American guitarist at Chicky Wah Wah. There he played an acoustic set alongside three other artists. One of the artists left from Chickie Wah Wah to Siberia where he played sea shanties alongside a men’s sea shanty choir.

Our group stayed behind at Chickie Wah Wah for the end of Paul’s set, then went with Paul to Siberia to listen to the sea shanties. We danced and sang along for the greater part of an hour before we realized it was nearly midnight and time for us to go.

We were still so excited from our time at Siberia that we bullied Dr Sean Anderson into playing more sea shanties for our drive back to the Mustard House. To our surprise (and delight) he was already prepared with songs that we had heard that night. Despite our lack of sleep, we all loudly sang along in our packed van to each shanty making it a fun night to remember.

Fuel, food, and fun

As we get ready to go into the field each day, we make sure to prepare a nutritious lunch. While we take our food and what we’re eating seriously, we also know to have a little fun with it.

NOLA 2018: Before the Madness

Here the 2018 NOLA class prepares for our trip. In our second meeting of the semester, we find ourselves learning about how to work with WordPress and Zello for the trip. We find it’s not that complex to work, but we find it better to cover it early so we’re well practiced for the trip. Here’s to a good trip!