Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tybee Island Field Experience

Last week HoneyFern journeyed to Tybee Island, GA for a 3-day field experience.


First of all, mad love to the Burton 4-H Center and their fabulous teaching staff. The teachers are truly what made the trip. David Weber was instrumental in coordinating this trip for our small group, and the teachers - underpaid, enthusiastic, passionate and highly educated themselves - adjusted their teaching to us. We are a small, very vocal group that asks lots of questions, and they let the classes go the way they went while still managing to keep up with us.

The view from our camp; on the first morning we woke up early and found dolphins playing in the water by the dock.

We learned navigation by compass and GPS; a sure way to tell if you are off-track for the scavenger hunt is when you end up in the wetlands.

We helped monitor the changes in beach structure by conducting slope surveys with JoHawk, one of our favorite teachers.

We found two horseshoe crab shells; George made it home with Devin and Debra, but the larger, more recent skeleton stayed on Tybee. He was quite smelly.

It was a toss-up between our Nightwalk (spotting Venus, Betelgeuse and Jupiter, along with the general utter peace of the sea at night) and Surf Sleuth for our favorite classes. Weather for Surf Sleuth was BRUTAL. Sunny, cold and windy. Getting in was not the problem.

Getting out, with the wind and the sand, was interesting, to say the least.

We walked 178 steps to the top of the Tybee lighthouse on our final day...

...and said goodbye to the island.

Tonight HoneyFern gets fancy and goes to the opera: Don Giovanni!

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