WOW

you know every week i keep getting more and more surprised by how crazy cool my life is here in California. I know it has been a while since I have talked to you guys and I am sorry. So quick catch up. 
First, two weeks ago I had a solo PC 5 day school and It was probably the best week I have had since I have been out here. The Kids were in 8th grade from a charter school in Arizona. THEY WERE GREAT. I was with them all week and I got to really interact and get to know my students. We also had the most amazing ocean Karma!! On our day long kayak trip we were in the water for 45 min paddling with a MEGA-POD of dolphins. Literally the dolphins were everywhere!!! I looked in every direction and they were everywhere. It was the most intense ocean experience i have had. I was in tears.. as were my chaps and all my kids!!! i was beautiful. Then the next day on hike we got to see a baby and a momma grey whale swim around our cove!!! It is a cool experience to watch whales from a high view point. 

Then after that group left I went to our third camp on the island that weekend, camp cherry cove. It was great. They are right next to a marine protection zone so there are no animals that are allowed to be take from their cove. That means that there are animals everywhere. Abalones, sea hares, Octopi, sea stars, leapard sharks and sooo much stuff! It was so great to go there and spend some time with my other CIMI family. I also caught my first Octopus that weekend and I must say it was one of the coolest things ever!!!

Then last week I had a visitor for the first time since I have been out here. Cameron came out to visit along with his brother Luke and his Aunts Laura and Mary. This was my first time meeting Laura and Mary and they are such nice ladies. They let me stay wiht them in Avalon and they took me out to eat and plus they are really good to cameron, which I love. I had a great visit with Cameron. We hiked and did archery and snorkeled at Camp they spend three days in Avalon playing mini golf and renting golf carts around town. It was really good. I missed him allot so it was great to see him. 

So my adventures have been good. I have seen cool things and spent time with great people. I love it. So I hope this catches people up. And I promise to write again this week. 
Love you all!!

Ancient water found in Canadian mine

Light Years

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

You wouldn’t want to shower in it, but researchers have discovered pockets of water in a deep reservoir in Canada that may be up to 2.64 billion years old.

Researchers extracted the fluid from ancient rocks in a mine 1.5 miles underground in the area of Timmins, Ontario. In other mines, water has been found to support life, but scientists are still working to determine if there is life in this particular location. They say this is the oldest water found in such an environment.

We spoke with Chris Ballentine, professor of geochemistry at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and senior author on this study, which published in the journal Nature. Here is an edited version of our email Q&A:

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Busy Busy.. ish

Hey everyone!! How are you all doing? I am doing well here!! everything is going good! teaching is good and everything is just kind of chill. We are now moving into the busy part of our spring session! we have had a bunch of shifts on then off then on again… so work has been off and on. But now that we are picking up we will be pretty busy… which is good because I like to teach and I like it when there are kids in camp. This week I have a group of 5 graders in and they are great.. really talkative and kinda crazy but I needed a group like this… to goof off with and have a good time. This weekend we have our second YMCA weekend. So instead of schools coming in we have the YMCA coming in. We do not do much teaching we just kinda man stations around camp… like life guarding, high ropes, archery, kayaking and some other stuff… it is really relaxed and we really do not have to do allot. Then the next week I am really excited for because I get to be on a 5 day school as a solo PC. That means that there are only like 12 kids coming in and I get to have them all by myself for the week. Really excited for that. 

Well It is kinda late here. I have to get to bed and get ready for the day tomorrow! Love you guys! have a great day!! miss you all!! 
Peace,

Patrick

Another Great Week!! :)

I know most of these posts will start to sound more and more similar. I mean the stuff I teach does not change, the location I am in does not change and everything is just kind of the same.  The thing is, on paper, it does sound the same but in reality it is not. The kids that come into my camp are what make this job. What we teach stays the same (ish) but the kids are what is different. And how to you write about personalities and describe the attitudes and happiness of these kids. Its difficult. 

The kids are what make this job fun. I love interacting with them. As many of you know, middle school is my favorite to teach. Even as a substitute teacher I preferred to teach at the middle school. Some of my other instructors here say they prefer to teach high school because they can relate to them more…. I guess that means that I am more of a kid at heart.

This last group was here for an entire week.  I really like the week long schools because you can get to know the kids better and they get to know me better. We connect more and everything is a little more chill on a five day. There is no rushing to get stuff done like there is with a three day. But anyway, these kids were seventh grade and they were great. They were smart when it came to classroom stuff and active when we had to kayak, snorkel and hike. Plus they were funny. we could kid around and have a good time but still accomplish what we needed. I wish all my groups were like them.

Some cool things that we got to see this week… well while snorkeling we found a cool Egg Yolk Jelly Fish. it was pretty big and the cool thing is that they do not hurt when they sting. So I was able to grab it and bring it up for the kids to see… The kids got to touch a jelly fish… how cool is that!! We also got to see an Angel shark that has seemed to take up residence in our cove. SO COOL. I got a picture of it (ill post it soon). And the other day we got a really cool treat. A baby elephant seal crawled up on our beach! This is really rare! They do not typically come this far south. As I said this was a baby, not a young baby, but more like a year old. This time of year the mothers start weening their cubs off their milk and essentially kick them out. So this guy came ashore looking for some food… sad yes, but at this point he knew how to hunt and get his own food he was just looking for some easy food. My kids got to see him on the beach… and apparently after we moved on, he went back in the water and swam over to some of the snorkeling groups in the water and tried to suckle on the instructors nee! WOW!! hahaha what an experience. 

OH another cool thing that happened this week was I got to swim with a rare fish called a Ribbon Fish. It is a deep sea fish that was only recently discovered and very little is known about it. The only specimens that have been seen have been only a couple of inches long… this one was two and a half feet long. Some kids in camp spotted it off our pier and once we realized what it was a few of us jumped in the water! There were four of us in the water.. three of us were in wet suits and there was one without one… can you guess who went in with just shorts… yup, me!! lol Go Maine for having cold water and allowing me to show up all these weak Californians! lol  The water was so beautiful, and the fish was so nice. The problem is that when they come to surface they typically do not survive because they are not made for such shallow waters. The fish did end up dying but we have frozen its body and are sending to a museum in LA to be studied!!! http://eol.org/pages/206043/details take a look at it. 

Ok well I think I have gone on for long enough today! 

OOOH wait I do have some other things to say. 

First I got some letters in the mail this week from some people that I have to thank. 
Emma!! thanks so much for the package and card. It was so nice. I love the candy and water balloons!!! Thank you!
Meg Lynch! I got your letter yesterday and It made me so happy! I love when you skip home work to write to me! its so juicy! I will write you soon!! thanks meg!
I also got a letter from my sister! I know this job has separated us but know my love for you stretches further then any separation! Thank you for the letter! I will write to you soon 🙂 Love you LJ. 
Babci I also got your Easter card! Thank you so much!! I love getting cards from you and webbie!!! it makes me smile every time. 
And lastly this week, I really want to thank my Grandpa and Grandma. I needed some hiking gear and my Grandpa went out of his way to help me and get me some gear from LL Bean. I thank you grandpa so much! Thank you Grandpa and Grandma! I love you!

 

Thanks everyone for reading! love you all!!! miss you!!!

Relaxing day taking pictures

So today, as have been the last few days, was really relaxing. I spent most of the day taking pictures. But I started off the day with a phone call to the Smith family back home. Hunter Parker and Bryce all took karate from me and they are some of my favorite students….and I miss them dearly!! So it was great to talk to them and hear how they were doing. It made me a little home sick but it was worth it. The rest of my day was spent taking pictures. There is a beautiful orange tree right outside my room and it is blooming right now. The flowers have attracted some hummingbirds and I have spent a fair amount of time trying to capture some pictures of them and I think they came out really well. You can look at all of them on my Photography facebook page: 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrick-Burnham-Photography/176368665799461
Image It was really fun. Hopefully I will go snorkeling tomorrow and have a cool adventure doing that. 

Love you all!! miss you all!!! good night!