June 2016 Blog Posts (5)

Day 8: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Today we went on the lake. We did a wide variety of tests and experiments while on the boat today, including testing the water at different depths, using a succi disk to test transparency, collecting algae and cyanobacteria specimens, and collecting and measuring tul samples. The tests we ran on the water ranged from the temperature at a certain depth to the conductivity, oxygen percentage, and pH.  All of the water tests were mainly to show us how to perform the tests but they are all used…


Added by Michael Leiken on June 29, 2016 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Day 7: June 28, 2016

Today was mostly a recovery day, at least for me.  I had a bad night’s rest last night, so I was really tired today and took a nap in the afternoon.  Regardless of that, we still did a lot. We counted E. Coli in the plates after breakfast this morning, then we learned how to pipet for plating the day 3 set.  After that, we had a lecture on soils, which was actually pretty interesting.  Robert has taken a soils class (Soils 100) in Davis, so he told me about some of the labs that they did; I…


Added by Michael Leiken on June 28, 2016 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Day 6: Monday, June 27, 2016

I'm going to write a quick one today since I uploaded a lot of photos of the past couple of days today and I'm tired.

Today, we visited Antigua and Iximche. Antigua is a historic city that originated as a Spanish colony and stronghold. There are many ruins of churches and other buildings there and it is quite a beautiful city.  Eliska and Jenise had to work, so they stayed at a coffee shop with wifi and let us tour around on our own.  The five of us walked all over the city looking at…


Added by Michael Leiken on June 27, 2016 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Day 5: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Over the past couple of days we have had quite a lot of adventures. Yesterday, we hiked near the top of Santa Catarina and saw some agricultural land.  It was made up of many small plots for families to grow what they wanted.  It’s so cool how the pueblo is stacked up on itself; it has so much depth.  It goes up and up into the mountains and there are many more homes than you would expect at first glance.  In lecture, we learned about the different sections of lakes and the typical lake’s…


Added by Michael Leiken on June 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Day 3: Friday, June 24, 2016

I haven’t written a blog before so I will develop my writing as the trip moves forward.  Since this is my first journal, I will start from day one. The flights to Guatemala were easy, but it was a long day. I woke up at 4am to get to my flight in Reno, then had a 5 hour layover in Dallas Fort Worth airport. There are 5 different terminals there and you need to take a train to each one – I explored each one of them. In the afternoon I met up with two other students, Robert and Phillip, and we…


Added by Michael Leiken on June 24, 2016 at 5:54pm — No Comments

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