Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Catch Up - A walk in the woods...and a cycle....and a swim...

3. Just got back from Acadia, and a weekend of camping with Brandon, my new someone special, and a day of work diving off Mount Desert Island. It was a fun weekend. One day of sunshine, cycling and a little hiking; one day of rain and a drive and sightseeing and one day of sunshine and diving. Not bad at all! 

4. Picked up my Barkley today from the kennel after the weekend away. The lovely lady there made the innocent comment "she's slowing down isn't she", which had me in tears on the drive out of there. Yes she is slowing down (though hard to tell when she leaps out of the car when we get into work and goes full dash into the dumpster after a chipmunk...). Makes me realise just how much I love having Miss Barkley be a part of my life, and how much i'm going to miss her. Hopefully it'll be a good few years yet. She turns 12 next month. I think a party might be in order. 

5. Gearing up to head to Chile and the Patagonian fjords on Monday. Will be there for a week. Have some interesting websites planned, so stay tuned for how to stay tuned to where I am.....

Jordon Pond and the Bubbles. 

Brandon cycling on the awesome carriage trails. Amazing he put up with the incredibly slow me.....


Bubbles Pond. 

Looking out from Cadillac Mountain. 

Raindrops on some beach roses. Beautiful. 


Bass Harbor Lighthouse bell. 

Seal Harbor - the dive site for the graduate student I was helping for the day. 

Getting ready to jump in with graduate student Chris. The project is looking at lobsters settling on artificial moorings. 

Diving in a wetsuit. I tell you now that doesn't happen too often.....which is why i'm layering two on top of eachother....:)


Catch Up - Tek Diving!

Time to catch up. Just in time for me to go away again, but there we go! 

1. Watch out for National Geographic in January. It's been a whirlwind of photographers and interviews, but you might just see yours truly in the 125 years of exploration special issue. I'm still not convinced they'll say "why the hell did we pick her" and take me out, so don't hold your breath if i'm not in there - it should be a cool issue of Nat Geo to own none the less! 

2. I'm now a qualified tek diver! We did two dives to 150ft a few weeks ago off the beautiful island of Monhegan, and completed the training. Can't wait to get back to science! 

Dave helping me not to fall over the side, loaded with gear that weighs 10lbs more than I do! 

Wide load, coming through! 

Loving the flat calm and sunshine! 

Me and one of my awesome interns for the summer, Julia from Smith College! 

Monday, July 16, 2012


Home to my Barkley. A well fed and loved Barkley while I was gone. I love that I have friends who love her as much as I do. Yet one more reason why Maine rocks...:)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Heading Home....I hope!

Heading out of Churchill, unfortunately delayed so we're having to spend a night in Winnipeg and hoping to get out of there tomorrow, though that is still to be determined! It's been a whirlwind few days, but very informative and a good taster of what I can bring the students to hopefully next year. 

Getting ready to get wet! That white bump above Phoebe's head - it's a beluga! 

Getting in at Cape Merry. 

Our faithful bear watchers! 

Thirsty work all this snorkeling. 

A beautiful sunset over the center. 

The Miss Piggy plane crash from the 50's. It is called Miss Piggy because it carried all the sweets and good stuff  to Churchill. 


Signs up all over town. 

The closest we got to a Polar Bear! 



More Belugas! 

Even more! 

And More! 

The eskimo museum - very cool! 

And a storm for the last day in Churchill! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In the arctic

Made it to Churchill yesterday and today has been a full day. Phoebe and I are only here for 5 days to check out the research station and find sites for an educational program next year. Today it was checking out sites, tomorrow it'll be getting in the water! 

Science and guns. What could go wrong?

Looking out to Hudson Bay

The wreck of the Ithaca! 
Tundra plants - so beautiful. 

Phoebe, excited about science! 

Sled dogs! 

The Churchill Northern Studies Center

More beautiful tundra plants. 

The white bumps are beluga whales! And there's ice bergs in the distance! 

More Beluga whales!

Looking out over the estuary. 

Snow geese!

Let the science begin! 

Excitement of the evening - a flat tire 15km from home, with no tools, no communication and in the middle of polar bear alley. Fun fun fun. it's was a SLOW drive home! 

The latest in my collection of outhouses of the world - in the middle of Polar Bear alley!