It is hard to believe that it is the tenth and final week of my internship. I am spending it on the island, reminiscing with the other interns on the summer we have had as well as finding things to do to fill our time left. On Tuesday evening we presented our summer work to two classes at the lab right now: one being a high school class and the other incoming college freshmen. The presentations went well and it was a relief to give them. In addition, it was nice to describe what we have been working on all summer to people who have been somewhat in the dark on our projects.
This week has been warm so we have spent it swimming off the dock and trying not to move around too much to stay cool. We have noticed that many of our belongings feel a bit moist, an indication of the high humidity that has plagued us the past several days. Luckily, it broke in a thunderstorm last night that cooled the air to our delight. It was not as exciting as the storm that shook this island to its core a few weeks ago. It was during that storm we realized none of the buildings on this island are sealed against water. Clever details (or lack of details, one could say) put forth by the builders. Kudos to them.
It is a bittersweet ending. I will miss the serenity and the distance this place maintains. Being the only group (aside from a few private residences) residing here, we enjoy consistent peace and quiet. One of the very first days the assistant director, Jim, who has become a great friend to all of us, said that observing the nature here was better than any reality TV show. While I don’t watch reality TV, I agree with his statement. Watching the gulls interact with each other, even when they viciously attack baby chicks, is fascinating. We get to be up close and personal with the wildlife here, which is unique.
We had our last Sunday brunch, famous for its size and calorie content, this morning. Tomorrow we take the boat from the island to Portsmouth and depart for home. It is exciting but I leave a piece of myself in this place.
Some photos from our last week:
A juvenile gull who we’ve called, Snacks, hanging our in our lair. This gull was abandoned by her parents, her father passing away from old age and her mother going senile. Snacks takes refuge from her crazy mother with us and looks for food.
One of the private residences at dusk. The house looks a little sinister to me. I think it would make a great setting for a story.
Addison, one of the interns, hugging a giant terrarium she made. She wants to take it home with her, but it is heavy and we are not sure if the staff will let us put it on the boat. But we are concerned no one will water it if we leave here!
Ossian, one of our captains, showing us how to tie up the sail on the lab’s sail boat. He took us sailing yesterday, my first time ever going!
Another picture of us sailing. In order from closest to the camera: Meg, me, and Mila. It was a little cold and rainy, which explains the grey skies behind us and our frizzy hair.
It has been an honor working here this summer. I am sad to say goodbye, but hopeful for an opportunity to return in the future. Thanks for reading!