As Dear Hubby and I were pulling into the driveway last night, I thought to myself, “Gee, I wonder what it would be like if I became one of those kind of people?” You know, those uber weirdos who actually put on workout clothes twice a day and actually exercise at both occasions. I’ve put on leggings in the afternoon but with no loftier a goal than to further permeate the dent on the couch. But actual sweat-inducing, muscle strengthening activities a second time in one day? Who does that?!??!
I didn’t want to push my luck, so I set my iPod for a 3 mile run. I thought that since the distance was short, I would shoot for a 5k pace, and ended up with a time of 22’36″
I don’t know what’s up with my lately and the afternoon runs – must be something in the water.
Speaking of things being in the water, our afternoon Bering Sea Days session on Tuesday centered around a LARGE and EXPENSIVE piece of equipment used to explore underwater habitats. Introducing the Phantom 300 R.O.V. (remotely operated vehicle) AKA Ruby!
Ruby allows scientists to be able to explore life under the ocean’s surface without the threats that could come to an unprotected diver. Michelle Ridgeway, a wonderful scientist who has been involved with St. Paul School and annual presenter at Bering Sea Days, explained that especially in colder waters, a diver is very limited to explore given the elements.
With Ruby and her video recording and high-powered lighting system, scientists are able to go in areas that might otherwise be unavailable; the grey area between where a diver can go and a larger vehicle.
The ROV is operated by a control station, and two of our students ran the group through a simulation equipment check.
We had two volunteers direct Ruby through the library to demonstrate how well her recording skills are, as the group looked on at a monitor in another part of the room.
Today, Wednesday bright and early, we’ll be heading out to the North Docks in our harbor to do a real, underwater exploration with Ruby. Updates to come!