Jake, Julie and John met me on bicycles at the edge of La Crosse, nearby the Hiawatha statue. They forwarded me over to the Marina, a couple miles down the coast, where John met me with his car. I grabbed some dirty laundry and my overnight stuff, tied my boat to J & J's canoe, and headed in to La Crosse. John is a retired water quality specialist that used to work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It is his water quality data collection that I'm repeating. So it was super exciting for me to meet him in person and nerd out about my YSI sonde and the results I've seen so far. I was able to ask him some questions, and he mentioned that he was really curious how quickly the conductivity changes down in Louisiana. That is, salt water intrusion upstream--how soon does it start? He said he didn't measure conductivity often enough to pinpoint where the change occurs, so I said I'd try to increase my testing frequency down there to try and get an answer for him.
At the house, I was able to shower, and then spent the evening re-doing my resume. Beth was a delight, humming her ukulele songs and baking us fresh zucchini bread to take with us the next morning (!). We all took a little jaunt up to the bluff for sunset (I'm sensing a theme. I like this view-from-bluff-at-sunset theme). Jake took a panorama and we ran around him and ended up in the photo 3 times, haha. THANK YOU John and Beth for such a lovely respite!