I’m So Over Outcrops

Geology is so not my vibe, and yet here we are on day #toomany of geo stuff. Today we spent hours in the hot sun, driving from outcrop to outcrop to sketch a whole buttload of rocks. There are so many layers of fallen sediment, with various sizes, textures, fall patterns and we got up…

I Punched A Hot Spring!

The day was hot and things were steamy up in here! We went to the nearby thermal pools, location uncertain, to do some low-key science investigation. And by that I mean walk around a nice little path littered with thermal pools and bubbling mud pits. Scientific power of observation, am I right? There were some…

It’s Getting Steamy Over Here

This one is a day I’ll have to come back to, but we mapped out a bunch of geologic features at a geyser park that was pretty sweet. After that we settled into ski lodges in a national park on Mount Ruapehu, where we’ll be staying for about a week. I’m posting these in day…

Take Another Look: Locked In With The Land

Revisiting places is always a mixed bags; places can seem way more beautiful, lose the magic they held in your memory, take on a whole new light and plenty of other experiences. Today ended up being the latter, with the group taking a peek at most of our field sites for a second time as…

Eels Need A Hand (Since They Have None Of Their Own)

Have you ever thought of eels, besides the electric ones and those popular for eating in Japan? No? I didn’t really think of them much myself, until today at least. They’re the shizz in New Zealand, culturally important to the Maori people and a keystone species in the ecosystem. The little buggers slowly squirm their…

Wild Grass Used HM01

Intense field work, commence! My day was off to a rocky start, with my stomach waking me up at 6 am due to unknown pains. Not cool, innards. By the time I managed to crawl back to bed and semi-fall asleep it was time to get up again. Now yesterday Max announced an 8 am…

Liz Is A Cruiser

5 am is always an ungodly hour, and today unnecessarily proved it true. We were out to go sampling at the low tide, and 5:30 wake up/5:50 departure was actually nice; if it was Sharon on her own, she’d have been out 60-90 minutes before that. Glad to know we’re being considered here. We drove…

We All Fall Down

Plant identification today, getting down and dirty with some leaves! We hiked a bit in these falls whose name is to be determined, stopping to eat lunch at the beautiful place below. It was about a 30-minute drive from the university we’re at, and ended up being an ~3 hour adventure. I believe the falls…

Field Camp? Summer Camp?

Our time has come and the people shall sing. This morning we were called in to the wananga (house of learning) in a ceremony called Powhiri. A female member of the Awanuiārangi University stood at the door of the wananga, speaking out in Maori as we slowly shuffled forward in response. Dan’s cousin lead us across the lawn, responding…

Full Steam Ahead With Frontiers Abroad

The bus was bumpy. I woke up a lot during the ride, once because I almost rolled off the seat (I was lying down). Still so worth it being only ~$20. I actually got in to the airport early, because I woke up at one stop and it turned out to be only 10 minutes…

Welly It’s Been Nice

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen goodbye! Wellington was a fun little town, windy and quaint and packed in to a few blocks of action. I ended up just fitting all of my stuff into my bags, bursting as usual as I fled downstairs to load everything up. After a final hearty breakfast of multigrain toast,…

Getting Cozy In A Cable Car

Okaa-san came to Wellington, hooray! I didn’t see her until dinner, so that’ll come later in the post, but I did spend the night with her as well as Sophia’s cool fam! Alright, start of the day is important though, so here we go. I woke up and packed all of my stuff, and dang…