This afternoon we are taking Amtrak's Auto train to Florida. When I'm down there I spent most of my time collecting data and photographing snails. That's my idea of a vacation, believe it or not. I enjoy it a lot and I guess that's what matters.
But if I am going to do research during my vacation, I have to bring everything I need with me. The nice thing about taking the Auto Train, as opposed to taking a plane, is that we can pack the car up to the ceiling. That means I can practically take a lab with me.
The red box in the back has an old dissecting scope and the large plastic box leaning on it is for sorting seaweed (for the tiny Truncatella and the tinier Assiminea, of course). The cardboard box has my old scale and a bunch of containers of all sizes for samples and for use as temporary aquaria for intertidal snails. The box with the green lid on the right has notebooks, fieldbooks and papers and books to read on the train. The red and blue tool box has all the small but essential equipment: thermometers, calipers, forceps, marking pens, magnifying glasses, various small vials, GPS receiver, a little bit of alcohol, a little bit of glycerol, tape measures, etc., etc. The green bag holds the camera, lenses, flash, spare batteries and all the other photography paraphernalia. The small box on the left is holding the must-have clamps and stands mostly for positioning lights and things. And then there is Marissa the cat, but she is staying behind.
In addition, there will be a small suitcase for clothing and probably another box for some food items. Why be away from favorite snacks, right?
Actually, I am all in favor of traveling light.
I will be gone until the afternoon of Monday the 13th. But don't despair; I have 4 posts scheduled to appear every other day during next week. And regular postings will resume probably in the evening of the 13th. Until then, take care.