Our Last Collecting Day of the First Expedition
Our last day of extensive collecting in Hawaii for this first field expedition was great. Rex and Jeff headed up Waimea Canyon, and collected dry walls, waterfalls and streams. The collecting was very productive. Along the way they took time to spend a few minutes with some of the feral chickens that are all over Kauai.
Beautiful Waimea Canyon!
Jeff Johansen collecting dry wall algae.
Some feral chickens enjoy the fruits of Frito Lay
Pat, Carrie and Amy tackled the Alaka’i Swamp. Situated at about 4,000 feet elevation, we started at beautiful Pu’u o Kila Lookout, and ended up some 4.5 miles later at Kilohana, looking at to the North Shore and Hanalei. The algae were fantastic, and the trip a most memorable one.
View to Kalalau Valley at trailhead to Alaka'i Swamp
Alakai'i Swamp--Purportedly the highest swamp in the world
View from Kilohana towards Hanalei
Carrie and Amy enjoying the view from Kilohana--only 4 miles back from here!
Alison and Melissa took on the task of the necessary processing of samples--we have taken so many samples, it is tought to stay caught up with processing them all. They did a great job making sure we are staying on schedule with the important sample processing.
We leave for Lihue Airport early in the morning heading back to Oahu. We will spend some time back at the University of Hawaii throughout the day on Friday, and then each of us will start to peel off to Honolulu Airport and the mainland. We are exhausted from all of the hiking, collecting, viewing and processing. Once back at our respective labs we will begin the real work to process the samples for culturing, dna sequencing, light and electron microscopy.
Mahalo for checking in with us along the way. We’ll look forward to seeing our loved ones as well as friends and colleagues back on the mainland and/or back at home soon.