I am just now sitting down, decompressing, and unpacking from a lovely weekend on San Juan Island courtesy of UW Microbiology. Every year the grad students pack up and get away for a weekend of fun, sun, and rigorous science…ok I’m pulling your chain: usually it’s rainy, and mostly we wander around the woods and drink beer. It’s still always a great time! So come along with me on a photographic adventure
We left Seattle Friday morning bright and early to catch the ferry in Anacortes. SDOT was doing maintenance on the normal boat, so we were worried we wouldn’t get a spot.
Turns out our fears were misplaced, and we showed up to the Ferry terminal 2 hours early. So we had some time to explore.
|Other Sam found his inner cormorant|
|I found a shell for my rock collection|
|The ferry terminal had a nice nature trail|
We made it onto the ferry and journeyed across Puget Sound to San Juan Island.
|The ferry ride was gorgeous|
After we were finished getting nautical, we drove to Friday Harbor Labs. The University of Washington owns the property and uses it for fisheries research. Fun fact: the jellyfish that we get the fluorescent protein GFP from was discovered right at this spot!
Our van arrived early, so we killed some time by going down and exploring the docks.
|Check out those barnacles!|
After we finished exploring (and dinner) it was time for Science! We give 5 minute chalk-talks, but turn it into a game by assigning each talk a “drinking word.”
|This is a virus, or maybe a spaceship. Tough call.|
After some extremely rigorous scientific inquiry into the properties of yeast-fermented malt beverages, it was time to say goodnight moon.
|This is the face of a glycogen depleted runner, who has no idea where the hell he is|
Luckily, thanks to the magic of the iPhoner, I was able to surmise that I had only ended up a mile from where I intended to be and I didn’t have to make a lean-to and live on San Juan Island forever, surviving off of forged mushrooms.
|That’s for next year|
Once I made my way back it was time to go to the North side of the island for a tour of Spy Hop Distillery. This place is super-cool! They pick local apples to make cider, and they distill some of the leftover cider with hand-foraged aromatics to make gin.
I got to try the hottest sauce that he carries: 4 million Scoville Heat Units! (Link is to the wikipedia page explaining how a Scoville unit is measured. For reference: a jalapeño is 3,500 SCU and a habanero is around 200,000)
We got back with enough time for me to do some DNA preps,
|French braid courtesy of Mimi|
Go for a swim, and do a little blogging.
|Yes, my onesie is my official blogging uniform|
All in all it was a great weekend (although I did discover upon my return to Seattle that my bike had been stolen, but I’m not going to dwell on the negative right now). It was great to get to know some of the new students better, and spend time with some of my favorite people. Now it’s time for me to hit the hay. Happy Sunday everybody!