So, during the lecture I learned that Orcas are cool. This was not a surprise. I learned some new stuff, but most of it was stuff that I already knew. I am learning (however slowly)!
After that, we had a lecture on geology. I had no idea that you could get so much interesting history from the rocks here! Apparently, the San Juan Islands (or at least the land that would become the San Juans) started out as part of Baja and the South Pacific. Also, there were a TON of glaciers here.
After the lecture we went off on a geology field trip.
|Look at the basalt|
|Very nice basalt|
And then the entire field trip went off the rails. Of course, it's us, isn't it?
Only one problem: we couldn't identify who we were seeing.
It was a huge mystery. We heard that it was the L-22s, but they were missing Mega!
|But then we started looking at the female's fins|
|They were super pointy--too pointy to be Residents|
And they had their little one-year old with them!
|The baby's in the middle. What a cutie!|
We continued on with our field trip, however, making tracks from Lime Kiln to South Beach (and American Camp). After it ended, there was a notice--the L-22s were headed down towards the island and could be there in a couple of hours?
Intern Michael (my fellow education intern) offered to drive a couple of us non-car people out to Lime Kiln to wait. And wait we did--over four hours!
We were joined by Michael's parents and sister, who were visiting the island. They were also accompanied by dinner. They are a kind and noble people, Michael's family--super generous as well (and I'm not just saying this because my stomach was filled)!
|The Lime Kiln Lighthouse|
And then we saw them, highlighted against the rays of the dying sun. Unfortunately, this is the only picture that isn't completely blurred that I managed to capture.
But it was the L-22s~!