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Drift Away A journal of a lost soul

On Sept. 21, 2011, I decided to venture into Michigan Lake in order to study the aquatic life of the lake.

After eating breakfast I decided to enjoy the scenery of the lake. What i saw outside was a complete different story. It seems that a storm is coming up.

The boat was hit by a giant wave. I hung onto the railing for my dear life, praying that I will survive this crisis.

Day 1 When I opened my eyes, I was on a beach where I didn't know. No one was there. Fortunately, I didn't get any injury, and my backpack was next to me. First, I decided to investigate the environment to see the resources i have to survive with.

I looked around the beach. I could see only few plants at the end of the beach boundary because there was just little nutrient in the sand. I also percolated to compare the time taken in different environment. It took 18 seconds.

I investigated further along the beach and came upon some marram grass. Marram grass are known to be a pioneer plant. Pioneer plant is a plant that is able to survive in harsh conditions in order to populate the area. The percolation data here was 20.6 seonds.

Its around noon now and my stomach is starting to rumble. There was no sign on life on the beach so i decided to move further up the path to savage any food i can fine. What I found was some bluestem plants mixed with marram grass. I also saw some pine trees up ahead, but I'll save that for tomorrow.

With in a few hours I was lucky enough to capture a green tailed lizard. Before leaving i decided to take a percolation test to compare this site with the previous. The percolation turned out to be 52.4

I then stumbled upon a red beetle, but decided to leave it since it has no nutrient value and not great to eat.

With the sun setting i decided to return to camp and cook my dinner. I also decided that I must venture deeper along the path and leave my camp behind.

Creating a fire will help to keep away any unknown predators out there, even though i doubted if this place even had any. Still the warmth of the fire reminded me of my home.

Day 2 The hike to the next succession stage wasn't difficult at all. The only thing i saw around this stage was pine tree.

I took a percolation sample and i got 377.3 seconds.

There was a scent in the air that I recognize and soon i realized that it was coming from the Juniper Plant. This plant has a distinctive scent and it is used in perfume production. I took some with me only wanting to smell nice instead of sweat.

The first sign of civilization, a man made walk path. I was relived to discover this and knew for sure that i was close to the end.

So far, I've been walking along this path for around 30 minutes, and it seems that there is no end to this path.

I then decided to take a break from the walk and do a percolation test here. What amazes me was that there was no vegetation on the ground level. The think branches of the trees block any light from reaching the surface. Besides from that, the percolation turned out to be 261.2 seconds.

Reaching the top, i felt like I've lost all hope. Looking to my left was just dense forest.

But as i was losing hope, i turned slowly to my right and joy rushed into me. Cars! School Buses! Civilization! The only thing left to do was to take a percolation test. It was 98.2 seconds. I realized that as i went further along the path, at each stage, the percolation took longer. However, this stage seemed to had a disturbance since there were blowouts in every directions.

The interdunal pond was the first sign of water that i found. It was created by the blowout. Still, the water didn't look drinkable.

After a two days journal through the dunes, I was able to discover many new things. At each point, there was a plant that dominated the area and the soil became more rich. However, as i reached the end it seemed that the disturbance had cause a blow out in the area.

The Indiana Dunes  

A scientist is washed up shore to a beach that he doesn't know. This is a journal that he wrote as he ventured thorught the dunes.