Saturday, March 5, 2011
Santa Catalina Island ~ Finally Here!
Again, I start with an apology.
It has been far too long since I have last written on my incredibly interesting (to say the least) adventure with Mountain and Sea Adventures here on Catalina Island. It has partly been due to the fact that we have not had that much time to do anything but train in the mountains where there was little internet connection, and partly because my life has recently become rather more complicated than ever before and writing a blog just wasn't anywhere near the top of my list.
A short recap of what I have been doing in general is that training is almost over! We ferried over to Santa Catalina Island this past Monday and spent the week shadowing other experienced educators run camp for a group of the rowdiest kids I've ever been among. This next week should be my first time to experiencing teaching everything I have now learned about marine life and the scientific names for whales, crustaceans, and seaweed, among other such interesting specimens. To be honest, I am starting to feel rather anxious about having to teach all of this entirely new information so soon after getting here; not to mention everything else that has been going on my life that has all but been distracting me from learning about fish and birds.
Santa Catalina Island was named by the second conquistador to have found the island in 1602. He apparently arrived upon the island on the eve of St. Catherine's day, who is the patron saint of single women (of all things!). And so, I suppose appropriately, it is here on Santa Catalina underneath the moonlight on the pier overlooking Emerald Bay, a boy I have been working with and growing rather fond of asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes!
And so it begins.
Pictures are sure to come soon of this magical island that reminds me so deeply of Neverland!