I am writing from my phone because my hotel in Astoria has no wireless. Sorry if this is short. We have made it to the boat, but we don’t move on board until tomorrow. As soon as we walked on board we walked past Alvin. It was really exciting to see up close. I was even able to shake its “hand”. We spent yesterday unpacking and setting up 3 different lab spaces. Moving heavy water baths around a ship is certainly a challenge!

Octavian clearly can’t wait to get to sea. (see photo)

Also we had an amazing dinner last night that Octavian also enjoyed. (see other photo)