Greetings! I’m Liz Hansen and one of the students on the Geology Field Course taking place in Alaska. As a past student on the field course trips, it’s a bittersweet experience since this will be our last year. I’ve really formed some great relationships with faculty and students over the last four years. Just a bit about me, I am a third year veterinary student and have been very fortunate to be invited on these two week excursions. I try to offer any animal/veterinary information when I can, but it’s a nice break to learn something different now and then. My trip began on Tuesday, June 17th by flying out of Indianapolis to Chicago and finally into Anchorage. Since this was mostly a travel day, our students would be flying in from all across the continental U.S. The caravan officially left Anchorage for Seward Wednesday morning with a couple stops along the way. Of course with any stop, we had our geology lesson given by Dr. Ken Ridgeway. Glacier formation and plate movements are important for land and mountain formation.
Day three of our trip was spent on an 8.5 hour boat ridge through the Kenai and Fjord National Park. The weather could not have worked out any better for us and we were able to see a variety of marine animal life. Among the animals that we saw were sea otters, porpoises, killer whales, seals, and even humpback whales! The end of boat ride ended with our very own humpback whale show followed by an all-you-can-eat prime rib and salmon dinner.