RV Lake Guardian Lake Huron 2012 Day 1

July 8, 2012

July 8, 2012 Shipboard and Shoreline Science

The crew of teachers from the Great Lakes Basin has assembled on the RV Lake Guardian for the Shipboard and Shoreline Science Cruise. We were helped to our rooms and were given our berthing assignments, and stowed our gear. Then, the fourteen of us met at the NOAA Marine Maritime Museum for the cruise logistics and briefings on walleye and invasive species of Lake Huron. Those DNR guys really know their stuff!! The cooks filled us with deliciousness. After dinner, we received a safety review and donned the ever-so memorable Gumby suits (pictured). Precisely at 19:00 we started backing out of the Alpena Harbor.

As we are on our adventure, we will continue blogging and would welcome feedback and questions, especially from any of our students who may be following our journey!

Gumby Suits


  1. We’ll be watching your progress, learning from the science you post, and envying your time on Lake Huron. I’m certain this will be a curriculum-changing if not life-changing experience for all!

    Comment by Rosanne Fortner — July 9, 2012 @ 7:02 am

  2. Wow, hot day for a gumby drill - lookin’ great!

    Comment by Margaret Lansing — July 9, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  3. Steph, I remember those suits well from my days in Alaska. I bet you are having a ball. In one of the blogs you mention students. Do you have kids on board with you? Any sea sickness? I’m loving being able to experience all this with you guys. Thanks for writing the blog and letting my live vicariously through you all.

    Comment by Mary Lee Kersten-Day — July 9, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  4. How did u get picked to do this?

    Comment by Greg Cole — July 9, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  5. Hi, I was wondering, is a Gumby suit like a wet suit? And on your journey are there going to be any storms that the boat will run into? Also I know that my mom is a little seasick has anyone gotten sick yet? THank you for your time and your awnsers! Have a nice trip!

    Comment by Cabrilla Francis — July 9, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  6. Those suits are awesome, just trying them on? Or will you have to wear them?

    Comment by Heather — July 9, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  7. 1-2) Margaret and Rosanne, we are glad to have you sharing this voyage with us!!

    3) We do not have students on board with us. But, we all feel like kids at heart as we are able to really do the work of an active scientist. It’s so enjoyable to use real data collection tools and we will be sure to post more pictures of those!! We have experienced calm water and warm weather so no reports of sea sickness, yet!! YAY!!

    4) Teachers may apply to come aboard the RV Lake Guardian through generous donations from the US EPA. Teachers must live/teach in the Great Lakes Basin area. If any of you think you might be interested in next year’s voyage (on Lake Erie), check out this address: www.coseegreatlakes.net

    5) The Gumby suit is the same material as a wet suit but you are completely sealed in (it’s VERY HOT) and probably better called a dry suit. Your mom has not gotten sick, yet. The weather forecast does not call for bad weather. However, the Great Lakes have weather systems all their own and sometimes are not easily predicted. We have been staying up late to watch for solar STORMS!!

    Comment by Stephanie — July 9, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  8. What’s a solar storm? Have a great day today!!!

    Comment by Heather — July 10, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  9. Greg, there is an application for you to fill out in order to be considered for a trip.

    Comment by Bobbi McConnell — July 10, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

  10. @Cabrilla-the weather looks great for the next few days. We’ll see if weather lives up to the forecast. We have had 1 or two people affected by the motion, but everybody seems to be holding up well. I think we are lucky that the waves haven’t been larger than they have been.

    Comment by Doug Damery — July 10, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

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