Entry 6

Yesterday and today were much more relaxed. We got into Newport yesterday, ending Leg 1 and starting Leg 2. We dropped some people off and pick others up. Then we headed out to Axial Seamount. It's pretty far away (about 300 km) so we have been travelling since yesterday at around 4:30 PM. We have made some stops for CTD casts and surveyed the bottom a few times with the EM 302. I've been helping out where I can, but it hasn't been near as intense as the end of Leg 1. I don't need any samples from the CTD casts we are doing out here, because there aren't any methane plumes. When we get to Axial Seamount, however, we should start seeing methane plumes, and I should start to have a lot more work to do.