Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'

Last Tuesday, my Science and Technology crew traveled to the Anacostia River here in D.C. to go fishing! Funny thing is, not many people knew we were going fishing once we had arrived at the Living Classrooms docking site. After an afternoon in the sun, it’s safe to say… I still can’t fish.


We received an email awhile ago from our program advisor, Tiffani, in which we were instructed to go to this location near the National’s Stadium for our weekly programming event. Little did we know that we would legitimately be fishing and participating in round-robin hands on science fieldtrip. You’ll remember that I study public health and statistics back home in Allendale, MI. Fishing doesn’t really fit into my curriculum, but whatever. I could at least get a tan (wishful thinking)!


Permission to Enter?

We boarded a boat built way earlier than what should be allowed to still float and departed on the Anacostia. Once we got moving, the wind cooled all of us down as the temperature was easily in the 90s. We Michigan folk simply aren’t used to that. We got near the Washington-Reagan National Airport and let our Otter Trawl in to catch some fish.


The first time as a bust… we caught a log. Then we did it again and low and behold did we catch some fish! If you really knew me, you’d know I want nothing, simply nothing, to do with fish. I’ll eat them but 'no way, Jose' am I going to be touching them.


Once we pulled the trawl back up we began the round-robins all around the boat. We all had the opportunity to look at plankton under a microscope, touch the fish (ew!), man the helm and finally we dissected a clam. See my reaction below—a picture is worth a thousand words.


I could NOT handle dissecting that clam. No way. No how.


Our sun burnt crew steering the ship back to port! So fun!


All in all, I had a wonderful time. It may have been hot and I may have actually fished but I really enjoyed it. It was nice to get out of the office for a half-day and relax with my classmates and friends on the river. Now, if only we could go to a local community health outpatient clinic next…


Photo credits go to my beautiful friend, Basia Bartczak.


Until next time!


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