What is a typical day at science camp like? Here is a sample:
7:30 am: Off to breakfast – short five minute walk to the ‘Plantation House’ – banana pancakes on the veranda – yum!
8:30 am: Back to the cottage for clean up and to pack for today’s filed trip, Kilauea Volcano.
10:00 am: Arrive at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The resident geologist gives us a presentation about the facility and its history and talks about what they do at the observatory, including what they do when the volcano does something spectacular. On to the Jaggar Museum to spend some time at the lookout over Kilauea Caldera.
Noon: After eating lunch in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we are walking through Thurston Lava Tube, learning how important lava tubes are to a Hawaiian-type volcano. Amazing to walk through one!
4:00 pm: Back at camp. This is rec hour. One of the counselors is really good at photography and today she’s taking a group of us out on a photography walk.
5:30 pm: Kitchen Duty today, so I’m at the Plantation House early.
7:30 pm: Showing a film about Kilauea eruptions between 1955 and 1960. Those old guys took some chances!
10:00 pm: Lights out!