Aquí estamos en México

February 9, 2015

We arrived in Ensenada early this morning and began the process of clearing the R/V Western Flyer through Mexican customs. The process went smoothly and Francisco Chavez was able to make it off the boat in time for his talk at El Caracol—the soon-to-be maritime museum of Ensenada where he spoke about the Gulf of California 2015 expedition. Steve Etchemendy, director of marine operations at MBARI, organized an open house and colloquium for Mexican collaborators and students.

Western Flyer open house

The Western Flyer welcomes visiting students aboard.

The rest of the scientific team disembarked shortly after and the ship’s crew then hosted several tours of the ship’s laboratories and showed students scientific instruments used for the expedition.

Doc Ricketts

Doc Ricketts, the remote operated vehicle (ROV) that is housed in the center of the Western Flyer.

Those who weren’t giving talks and hosting tours spent the day as tourists. For some of us, it was our first day in Mexico; others have made more port calls in Ensenada than they can count. But regardless of experience, almost everyone moved together through town, taking it all in. It was nice to see how the team stayed together once we came ashore, even though they spend so much time together at sea. From eating fresh ceviche, to dipping our toes in the slightly-warmer-than-Monterey waters at Playa Hermosa, to finding the best fish tacos in town, everyone made the best of the day at port, enjoying the time on dry land and the break from science. That comes to an end tomorrow when we set off for eight straight days at sea.

clam ceviche

Almejas en la concha—clam ceviche in the shell—from a lunch cart.

—Gabriela Chavez