Hannah Gunderman Blog Leg 1

August 10: The creativity I use in the on-ship gym to stay active is nothing compared to the creativity of the culinary geniuses onboard R\V Thompson. There’s much to be done on ship and the shifts can be tiring, but the meals created for the crew and science team fuel us to do our best work. They are tangibly filled with love and dedication, reminding everyone on board that you can achieve amazing work with the right attitude and team even with limited resources.

I wake up every day excited for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and that much more excited to work in the ROPOS control room. I’m witness to many angles of deep-sea instruments that few will ever get to lay eyes on as well as the technicians working on precise and delicate maneuvers. It’s inspiring to share in their successes as we work to support their efforts.

Watching the R/V Thompson depart to begin Leg 1 of the VISIONS’22 expedition. H. Gunderman, University of Washington, V22.

August 8: As I try to gather my sea legs for the first time, I am stuck by the power and vastness of the ocean. Today, both senior and newcomer scientists onboard the R\V Thompson stood at the bow, watching the dock and city of Newport fade away behind us. It was exhilarating as the wind whipped our faces, and the abundant life drifted past. Moon jellies and sea birds floated side by side, seeing the ship off on its voyage. We watched them glide away from the ship while using the rolling motion of the ship to jump higher than gravity would seem to normally allow.

I had so much fun photographing the journey underway as I don’t want to miss a moment. I’m so excited to start working with the wonderful scientists and engineers aboard. Standing at the bow and gazing outside the windows only inspires me to think deeply about how to best spend my time where many will never get the chance to go.