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Hello, All!

I think it's safe to say that the entire shipboard community is sick of the ocean. Luckily, we had our first 'warm' day yesterday... very sunny and beautiful, and we even saw a huge rainbow over the ocean during class... an improvement, definitely. Today it was warm enough to inspire some of the female students to strip to bathing suits and sunbathe... even though the pool isn't even filled yet. Its only 65 degrees, so not quite warm enough for me, yet. Besides, I'm one of those crazy people who reserve bathing suits for pools. Just saying...

Ugh I can hear myself being snarky.... haha I'm just really looking forward to land. Boy, the 9 day stretch between Hawaii and Japan is going to be a doozie. I may need to be sedated.

In other news, I joined a workout group that was started by some of the students... the 'trainers' were hilarious. They kicked my ass though... today is a rest day, so I won't be tired for my hike in Hawaii... I am hiking from Wai'ale falls to Rainbow falls in Hilo. Google them, they are so pretty! And if its a little chilly, I might take a dip in one of the volcanically heated pools, which are a balmy 90 degrees year round! Should be pretty nice... :D Then the next day, Wednesday, is my field trip for my conservation biology class. Just in the first two days of class our professor has opened my eyes to all the problems our environment is facing because of us humans... It sounded like hippie stuff in the beginning, but its actually a real problem that I would be interested in helping with :) Yesterday he told us about how invasive plants are spread from area to area, and the measures we can take to prevent that. The big problem is that 80% of the plant species on islands like Hawaii are endemic (they are found only in that area)... so if they go extinct in Hawaii because of invasive plants, they go extinct everywhere! And if they go extinct, the animals that thrive on those plants will go extinct, et cetera... bad stuff. haha so I'm kind of excited to be helping out... even though it means I'm spending an entire day weeding in mosquito infested jungles (that's the field trip) :P haha oh well... should be fun anyway.

Also, I wanted to note that even though you guys might be commenting on the entries, I cannot see them because I don't have internet access to them :( I'm not ignoring you, I promise! I really look forward to reading them all when I get to Hawaii (or HaVai'i, as one of my professors pronounces it :D)

Talk to you soon!

Posted by NerdAbroad 18:56

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