San Salvador, Bahamas

Mary Chesnut and Don Chesnut 2008

Frank Ettensohn, professor of a University of Kentucky class, suffered a sports injury to his knee four days before his class was to leave for field work in the Bahamas. He called me and asked if I would lead the class. I was able to get airline tickets to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for my daughter and me, but we had to leave from the Cincinnati International Airport in northern Kentucky. A winter storm warning was announced for the region and we had to spend the night before the early morning flight in a hotel near the airport.  That was a good decision because snow covered the region during the early morning. The plane was de-iced while we were on it which delayed us an hour. The plane did take off before the airport was closed. We eventually made it to Ft. Lauderdale and stayed at an airport hotel there. The next day (Saturday) we flew on a charter plane to San Salvador Island. We were met by the Director, Dr. Thomas Rothfus, of the Gerace Research Centre (their web site) who took us to the research station. The following are pictures of the trip taken by Mary and me. Or you may just want to view the photographs in the thumbnail directory (no maps or descriptions).

Getting There

San Salvador Island, overview

Grahams Harbour and North Point, Saturday: learning to use the snorkel and mask, 8 March 2008

Party at the park, Saturday night

Going to local church, Sunday morning, 9 March 2008

Bonefish Bay, Sunday afternoon

We joined a group from Youngstown, OH for this field trip

Gerace Research Center, Sunday evening

Pigeon Creek tidal channel, Monday morning, 10 March 2008

Pigeon Creek sandflat, tidal delta and beach, Monday morning

We snorkeled to and walked on the delta and delta slope. There was a lot of Thallasia grass and Goniolition.

Southern shore of Sandy Hook

Storr's Lake, Monday afternoon

We waded into Storr's Lake at three places to examine the bacterial/algal stromatolites and thrombolites. We broke open a stromatolite to examine the layers, the mucous and the smell produced by the various types of bacteria and algae. No photographs were taken by Mary or me. Mucus is our friend.

Monday evening at research center

Lighthouse, Tuesday morning, 11 March 2008

Lighthouse cave, Tuesday morning

Little Lake near Cockburn Town, Tuesday afternoon

Cockburn Town Pleistocene fossil reef, Tuesday afternoon

Fernandez Bay, Tuesday afternoon

No pictures

Monuments for Columbus' landing, Wednesday morning, 12 March 2008

Grotto Beach, Wednesday morning

Watling Castle (Storr's Castle), 1600's, Wednesday afternoon

French Bay, Wednesday afternoon

No pictures. We entered water at old Government Pier. Water was turbid and there was nothing but Thallasia grass.

Dim Bay (Ghost Goat Bay), Thursday morning, 13 March 2008

Graham's Harbour, ramp at front of research center, Thursday morning

North Point, Thursday afternoon

Rice Bay, beach in front of High School, Thursday afternoon

Underwater views

Puppies at Research Center, Thursday evening

Boat trip to Green Cay to see iguanas, Friday morning, 14 March 2008

Boat trip to the bird islands, Friday morning

Cockburn Town primary school, Friday afternoon

Leaving San Salvador Island, Saturday morning