Day Four: Settling In

19 January 2014 (Sunday)

Kathy and Kerry charge their Hilti masonry drill battery all day but it does not make a difference. I email Dan to ask if he wants to rent his masonry drill to them but he needs it for a whale skeleton project, however he would be happy to pick up a rental for us. After thinking about it I also think it is a bad idea to bring Dan’s drill here considering the losses we’ve had. I email Chris Candage to inquire if he will be fishing out here this week and if he could drop off a drill but I do not hear back.

The forecast is for high winds and big seas so the four of us remove the outboard from ‘Delphus’ and move the boat up to higher ground. I secure the bowline to the walkway,

"Delphus" secured in her winter location

“Delphus” secured in her winter location

which is bolted to the granite, and ratchet strap the stern to two large granite boulders. We then wheel the outboard inside and put it in the pool room to stay dry and warm. The weather builds from the southwest, blowing a gale, and big seas.

Adult gray seals hauled on rocks as weather begins to build

Adult gray seals hauled on rocks as weather begins to build

Tanya and I bring in a fish tote of fresh water from our rainwater barrels so she can rinse and then dry her clothes. All of the clothes in her duffel bag were salt water soaked after it’s trip under the ramp. She goes to work in living room and hangs clothes all around. We take a couple more boards off of windows on the east side of the dining room to let in more light.

The multi-cylinder set out to  collect sea spray

The multi-cylinder set out to collect sea spray

Kathy sets up her lab space in the second floor of the lighthouse. She has a fold out table, a light, a microscope, and a very sensitive balance. For her study she sets out metal cylinders and glass slides to catch sea spray. The metal cylinders are weighed before and after being set out on the lighthouse rail to measure how much sea

The seal pup has a nice hiding spot within the fault line of the island- but a zoom lens can find him (or her)!

The seal pup has a nice hiding spot within the fault line of the island- but a zoom lens can find him (or her)!

spray has formed in weight. The glass slides are coated with vaseline that has been lightly melted and are also set out on the lighthouse rail. Sea spray particles land on the slides and then Kathy looks at them under a microscope. That is pretty much the routine from here on out. Locations of the cylinders and slides will change depending on wind speed and direction.

Kathy makes taco soup for dinner, eat in living room again next to the small heater.

Bed by 2130.

-Chris

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