Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Discovery Cruise

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On Saturday we took the Discovery Cruise on the R.V. Karma, a 57-foot teaching and research vessel that is a part of Texas A&M's Floating Classroom Program. It's home port is Matagorda Harbor in Matagorda, Texas. Captain Tom Klaiber guided us down the Intracoastal Canal while Coastal Naturalist Doyle Schaer educated us on marine life. This program was geared to the children, but fun for everyone.

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A plankton net was dragged behind the boat and we got to see what we collected under a video-enhanced microscope.

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Mud samples were taken and sifted through and also viewed under the microscope.

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We learned how a shrimp net works and did a little trawling of our own. Our net came up with shrimp, a variety of fish and some squid. These were put in tanks where everyone could pick them up or touch them if they wanted.

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Public cruises like the one we took are offered on the first Saturday of each month. It was really a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

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I liked their slogan: Where the Sea of Discovery Meets the Shore of Understanding

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Knitting can be a discovery cruise too. There is always something to learn whether you are a novice or expert. That's what keeps it interesting. I wonder what I will discover with this new project?

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Flower Basket Shawl

9 comments:

  1. What a fun cruise!

    I look fprward to seeing what you learn with your shawl. The blue is stunning! Are you finding it a pattern with a rhythm one can ease into without making too many missteps?

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  2. And that word should have been "forward." Talk about missteps!

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  3. The cruise looks like it was a lot of fun! The lace looks pretty so far, the colors are lovely!

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  4. Maybe your shawl will inspire me to finish the two that are sitting in a basket in shambles. You look like you have a great start. The trip on the boat looked like it was fun!

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  5. Knitting IS full of discovery. Your shawl will be beautiful!

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  6. Gig 'Em! I'll have to show Dan! You're going to love knitting the Flower Basket. It's like a good book that's hard to put down.

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  7. What a cool "field trip!"
    My kids would love something like that.
    I would probably get seasick. ; )

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  8. Looks like a great little trip!

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  9. Who's that big guy pushing his way through the kids to net the fish??

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~Tracy