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February 19th, 2003: Leg 1, Day #1

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We have the station map up on the wall in the science lab so that we can track our patch down south.

 

 

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Mike Burczynski dons a life vest and is checking out the CTD Rosette before deployment. 

 

 

Well, we are finally off on our way to Baja to trace the California Undercurrent that flows from the Baja up the coast to British Columbia. I for one was not ready but now that we have left the dock all of the things that were not finished seem much less important than a few hours ago. The day started out gray and drizzly but soon after we left the friendly confines of the Moss Landing harbor it started to clear up and blow hard out of the northwest. The clear up was fine it was the hard out of the northwest that wasnít. We are glad that we are on the Western Flyer, on any other vessel it would be quite miserable.  We have two exciting CTD stations under our belts, only 20 or so more to go. We are almost to M2 and it is close to dinner so I have to wrap this up. Donít want to get the cook mad at me the first night. After M2 we start going south, hopefully to better weather. Our menu for tonight is Cioppino, bread, rice and Boston cream cake for desert. More tomorrow.

Francisco Chavez

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Here you can see Roman Marin working with our two Mexican collaborators.

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