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My Moravian
May 25, 2018
Today was our last fun day in Oregon. The next two days consist of an exam, presentations, and a very long trip home. We started our aquarium visit with an opossum. This could have been the highlight of my entire aquarium visit.

Lauren Hildwein / View all by this contributor
May 24, 2018
I am the only non-science major that came along on this trip to the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). I say that to encourage students of all backgrounds to open their minds to new things, and not to hesitate when thinking of taking courses that are not directly related to their majors. Our trip to Oregon thus far has been nothing short of amazing, and I am incredibly happy that I had the opportunity to go on it; it is definitely an experience I will remember for the rest of my life! 

May 22, 2018
Today we traveled from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston, Oregon to the nearby sand dunes. The Oregon dunes cover about 40 square miles and stretch along the Oregon coastline between Florence and Coos Bay. The sand dunes seem to roll away in every direction, with groupings of shore pine trees and tufts of beach grass everywhere.

May 21, 2018
We have finally made it into the second week of being in Oregon. It’s been an exciting journey so far, going from rocky shores to seemingly barren mudflats (they were in fact full of life). Today though, I along with my lab partners, spent time in the lab hard at work! The course is more than just going to sites to look at animals, we spent just as much time in lab examining them, as well as working on our projects.

May 20, 2018
If you have been following our journey thus far, you are either most likely a parent or getting sick of hearing about Oregon. The latter of you will be disappointed to hear that today, in Oregon, we went to the mudflats! If you haven’t already guessed from the pictures or from the name, the mudflats were muddy. Muddier than the muddiest of muds. Though it sounds pretty dull and messy, we were informed that there was a plethora of marine organisms there, whether they were out in the open or buried deep beneath the sand.

May 19, 2018
Waking up this morning was easier than the previous mornings because we only had to be up at 7. After breakfast, we headed over to Middle Cove, which, believe it or not, earned its title for being in the middle of North and South Cove. When we arrived, we had to climb down a nearly-vertical hill that was steeper than the drop of a GPA after finals. Once we got down to the intertidal zone, we were given free-range to collect the data that we needed for our projects.

Skylar Hanford / View all by this contributor
May 18, 2018
Today our group explored the ocean outside the Charleston Harbor. The weather cooperated by not raining or supplying high winds, so the boat ride was fairly smooth. We had the pleasure of the leadership of Captain Knute, a seasoned sailor who is as kind as he is wise.

May 17, 2018
Today was another early morning at about 5:45AM and at that time I ate a peanut butter sandwich with some fruit roll-ups. The trip was a lot longer compared to our usual ten to fifteen-minute drive to field sites--this time it was an hour to reach our destination at Cape Blanco.

May 16, 2018
Today was a very eventful day! We became experts at scaling cliffs, found sea urchins as big as my head, and explored sea caves that can only be accessed during low tide, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

May 15, 2018
It is hard to believe this is only the second day of exploring the Oregon coast! Each day is a ride of adrenaline as we traverse across the previously forbidden ocean floor.