August 8, 2005
I made it to Rhode Island! That might not seem like much of an accomplishment, but for someone who has never driven more than 200 miles by herself, it really is. It's as much a part of my "great adventure as the research experiences I am so looking forward to.
My name is Chris Leavor, and I am a fifth grade teacher from Salamanca, NY. The research project I will be working on is the study of water quality in Rhode Island coastal waters, specifically Narragansett Bay. I will be working with Dave Ullman and Kelly Henry, both from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.
The drive from western New York to the Haddie Pierce Bed and Breakfast in Wickford, Rhode Island that I will be calling "home" for the next 12 days took nearly 10 hours. I arrived around 7PM and was greeted by my hostess, Darya. After unloading most of my "stuff", I took Darya's advice and headed to a local tavern for a seafood supper. After all, I am in the Ocean State. After that it was a quick check of the email and off to bed. Dave called while I was enroute and said I should meet him at his office around 9:00 tomorrow morning. Then I will be meeting Kelly and spend the day working with her. I hope that's the way it actually works out. Dave has emailed me three or four changes of schedule already this past week.