And, finally, the conclusion to the sequence from the previous post. The day before our departure we had the plaster jackets and heavy gear all arranged for pickup near the site. On the day of, we had to execute a carefully timed departure: the tides had to be right for a delicate shore to boat transfer with our remaining gear; and then we had race back to Port Renfrew with enough time to meet the helicopter at the designated dropoff spot. Everything went according to plan, and we even had enough time to catch sight of a resident gray whale feeding along our route -- icing on the cake!
Packing up and heading for the rendezvous with the Michelle Diana. Big thanks to Parks Canada for assisting with the transfer with their Zodiac! (Photo: NDP).
Liftoff from the site, fossils loaded, with the Carmanah Lighthouse in the background. Our team was already en-route back to Port Renfrew. (Photo: J. Etzkorn).
A subadult female gray whale spotted en route from the Carmanah Lighthouse to Port Renfrew, aboard the Michelle Diana. What a treat! Especially with Oligocene rocks in the background. (Photo: J. A. Goldbogen).
And touchdown! Jim Vallance of Westcoast Helicopters assists NDP in unloading the field jackets. On schedule and in perfect condition! (Photo: NDP).
A happy team heading back from the field, with fossils in tow, inside the Shadwick Lab van. We headed back to Victoria to drop off Liz Nesbitt for her ferry ride back to Seattle, and then for our ferry back to Vancouver, later that day. (Photo: NDP).