Bering Sea Days – Day Two

Quickly before we get to the real fun of the day, this morning’s workout was a “Rest Day.”  I qualify it as such because I’ve been running more often lately for some strange reason, and I’ve developed a slight soreness in my middle toe on my left foot.  Too much experimenting with vulgar gestures that I could use during the summer in sandal weather.

Anyways, instead I decided to get in some weights work, and did two sets of the following exercises routines using 12.5lb hand weights:

I didn’t actually do the Split leg roll over, but instead did Scissor Kicks, mainly because I’m 30 now and don’t need to be in traction because I’m trying to act like a teenager on my living room floor.

And just when I thought my abs hadn’t had enough, I hit em with a 14 Day Abs Challenge.

Bering Sea Days – Day Two

This morning, our first session with the scientists was supposed to be a fa-real run through of plopping Ruby the ROV in the water, but sadly with so much sea ice, the harbor swallowed her up.  Instead we went after lunch.  Instead we had an amazing session with Dr. Trites from the University of British Columbia and his journey to collect an entire Blue Whale skeleton.  With only about 7,000 of those tug-boat-of-a-mammal in the world, that wasn’t an easy task.

What I thought was most interesting was that when a Blue Whale opens its mouth to gather water/plankton/fishies, it can swing it’s lower jaw all the way down into almost a 90 degree angle!  Then it fills it’s mouth with ocean water, which makes the volume in its mouth bigger than the volume of it’s entire body!  Same thing happens when nachos are served.

This afternoon we were able to get down to the harbor and watch Ruby get launched under the frosty waves of the St. Paul Island Harbor.  My students and I joined the 1st graders and kindergarteners, and it was adorable how well the Big Kids took care of the Littleuns.

The view from my picture doesn’t do much for the view we had from the recording mechanism on Ruby, but it kept the attention of five years olds for more than five minutes, so that’s telling you something!

I’m sorry to say this, but probably the coolest thing that we did all day was when I gathered a handful of my students and went down to tour the crabbing vessel The Time Bandit that is featured on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

It was really cool to see my students sort of go all gooey over the fishermen.  I haven’t really watched the show, so these were just a bunch of normal guys and I was happy to play camera man, official requester of photos and autographs, and holder of jackets, iTouches, and conversation.

I met Neal and Scott Hillstrand, Mike Fourtner, and Josh Harris.  I wish this picture didn’t turn out so blurry, but that’s what happens when you have an 8 year old take a picture in mid celeb-meltdown.

We were there about an hour, and the guys were totally cool with the kids.  I am very impressed and will probably pay more attention in the future when the show comes on, now that I’ve rubbed elbows with celebs.

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