Thursday at Au Sable Institute

We left campus around 8:15am and stopped for lunch & gas just north of Ann Arbor which was just about halfway to Au Sable Institute. We arrived at Au Sable safely around 4:30pm. As we arrived at the entrance to Au Sable we took a group picture.
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We had some time to unpack before getting back together.
John Becker & Dr. Paris spent some time identifying & programing the six data loggers the class will be using to collect data.

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As we started to lose daylight, the class dug a snow pit to set the data loggers at regular intervals up to 3 meters. The data loggers will be taking the temperature of the snow pack & the air above it every 30 minutes for 48 hrs.

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We ordered pizza at nearby Carefree Cove (an all in one pizza shop, grocery store, gas station) and took it back to the house to eat. After eating, Dr. Paris had a short time with the students preparing them for some of the things they would be observing the next several days. He discussed the layers of snow & snowflakes that break down and refreeze.

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Karen, one of the girls in the class brought her guitar and we closed out the evening with singing. It was a nice way to close out a long day.

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