Do one thing each day that scares you: Check. Bad weather has… - delta_november
Nov. 7th, 2011
Do one thing each day that scares you: Check.
Bad weather has grounded the FIGAS aircraft today, so I have an unexpected extra 24 hours (at least!) here on Carcass Island. I have just come back from an expedition (on foot, sans Land Rover and rifle) to see if I could find some more elephant seals. Yesterday I saw 5 or 6.
The ocean comes up to a beach, which is either rocky, pebbly or sandy. Above this are typically dunes, and the dunes are covered in tussock grass. The tussock is taller than I am, and has very narrow passages between clumps. It sometimes also opens up into clearings of some size. The sky today is grey and without any obvious directional clues. It's easy to get lost in the tussock grass maze.
Today, I learned that the tussock grass is also full of sleeping elephant seals. I almost stepped on a couple. Considering they are huge, territorial and violent, this would not have been good. There was much very slow sneaking around, looking, listening and smelling for seals. Like a live-action game of Wumpus.
Point-blank range photos will be included in the great gallery when I return. Today's elephant seal tally is at least 50.
Today's other discovery: a Series I 80" Land Rover tucked away in a peat shed. It's a little ratty, but apparently it still runs.