Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older. With a ton of different trips to apply for every year—from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad—there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel … Continue reading DESTINATIONS – APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 4!
We are prepping the vehicles for a dive on Sixtymile Bank, a flat-topped rise about 60 nautical miles out from San Diego. I will be on the first watch (my watch runs from 8-12, twice a day). Please join me on http://www.nautiluslive.org and send in your questions! Use the hashtag #NautilusLive when you participate in … Continue reading Dive Alert – Sixtymile Bank
Tonight we will perform another dive, with both ROVs (Argus & Hercules). We will be diving near the "East of Eden 3" site, and other targets that we identified as being potential active hydrothermal vents during our reconnaissance dive a few days ago.We will be studying the geological features, looking for interesting biological features (including … Continue reading Dive Alert!
Today, I am happy to share a special blog post from my friend and travel companion Socktopus. Enjoy! ~Melissa **********************Me with other members of my family.Nice to meet you! My name’s Socktopus. I was inspired by a craft that was done at this year’s Kaleidoscope. I was born back in Ventura, along with a brother … Continue reading Meet Socktopus
The lava pebbles crunched underneath my feet. The air was warm and redolent with the smell of mud and green plants. Birds sang among the trees, and flowers sparkled against the green grass and leaves lining the pathway.The view from the pier at Puerto Ayora.We had caught a cab from Puerto Ayora and taken it … Continue reading Into the Wild
Today we weighed anchor and made our way to Santa Cruz Island. Puerto Ayora, the town here, is much larger, and wraps glittering along the shoreline, pastel buildings poking out through green vegetation. The harbor is larger as well, with less fishing boats and more cruise ships and fair-sized yachts bobbing at anchor in the … Continue reading Tortoises, Iguanas, and Finches, Oh My!
This morning I had my first live interactions. The very first one was with my daughter’s kindergarten class. What a delightful way to start the day!Practicing our Socktopus banter.They had some awesome questions, and I got to talk with both of my kids. (By the way, for those of you who asked how long it … Continue reading A Day of Firsts
Another long day spent in transit. Today, the sea was not as calm as yesterday, and the choppy water has sent confusing messages to my inner ear, resulting in bouts of seasickness. Unfortunately, I lost my breakfast shortly after consuming it. Fortunately, I made it to the bathroom in time.The choppiness of the water did … Continue reading Seasick
It is very late here right now, and I've been busy working on my next article for the Ventura County Star series. So today's blog post is mostly visual. Enjoy!The first dolphins I've seen so far!The rack room is crammed with all kinds of equipment.This is during training for the multibeam sonar.Red and yellow is … Continue reading To the Galapagos: the day in photos
The engine started with a tremendous roar and a thrum.The following is part of a multi-part series . Melissa Baffa, Vice President of Program and Volunteer Services for GSCCC, is part of the Corps of Exploration this year on the adventure of a lifetime. This blog series will chronicle her dive into the Unknown. ¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·...¸> … Continue reading Getting Underway