On Saturday, we went into the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. We also had to stop by the airport to drop off Paula, one of our team members who stayed one week. She was the only team member who was not a teacher. She is a therapist. I guess the leaders of our team figured a group of teachers needed a therapist!
While in Halifax, we visited the farmer's market. It is a really neat place and it was very busy. They sold produce, apple cider, flowers, various foods, and much more! We had lunch at the farmer's market and walked along the oceanside. Halifax is a pretty interesting city but many places were closed due to the time of year we are here. It's not their busiest season yet. We had dinner in a really interesting restaurant and our waitress wore a kilt!
On Sunday, we went to Kejimkujik National Park. We walked for a little over 6 miles through the forest and Chris told us all about the Hemlock trees there, as well as other trees, and about the animals that inhabit the forest. We also set up grid areas and looked for deer poop! The data collected today can be compared to data that has previously been collected.
We've had a pretty full weekend and are about to embark on our 2nd week here. Our schedule includes setting more small mammal traps (called Longworths), visit an organic farm to learn about sustainable forest management, study our data, look for more animal droppings, and more.
Some interesting things you may like to know about our trip that are just fun facts:
- When we are working in the field, there are no bathrooms. We must use the forest!
- 7 people (now 6) have been sharing 2 bathrooms for over a week and we're still managing to get along well so far! Let's hope that continues!
- Chris is an excellent cook. The meals here are fantastic. Chris cooks most of our dinners. Christina usually takes care of breakfast for those who want bacon and eggs and she makes lunch for us to carry with us into the field. We even have dessert! Yum!
- We're all doing things we've never done before so it's exciting.
- Lycos (the dog) is a Greek word for wolf.