This weekend went by extremely fast! The highlight of the weekend was certainly the trip with Ernie to Buchan to explore the caves of the karst topography. We took a tour with a few people through the Royal Cave, one of two that is open to the public to take tours through.
The caves were absolutely stunning! We traveled in and out of open rooms full of calcite crystal stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. The tour took us through about 500 meters of the cave, in and out of cave sections lit up by artificial light. At one point, the guide turned off all of the lights so we could experience “complete darkness.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I had never experienced that kind of darkness in my entire life. After 10 minutes in the complete dark, I still couldn’t even see my hand in front of me at only 5 centimeters away. The guide claimed that even after a whole day in the dark of the cave, your eyes, adjusted to the dark, would still not be able to see a single thing. I’m glad the caves didn’t experience a power outage!
The rest of the weekend was devoted to finishing up my project for Miami and some bike riding. I’m really focused on finishing up this project by Wednesday to allow myself the rest of the week to make any needed corrections before it is due of Friday.
Tomorrow, I have two classes devoted to dissection. Unfortunately, the year 7s weren’t able to do the squid dissection of Friday, as the squid never arrived at school. The students used the time to finish up some work that was outstanding. The “Animal Inside” students will be dissecting a mouse tomorrow. I’m very excited for this since the students have been really keen on a dissection all term. It is only fitting that the dissection is occurring at the end of the term! Can’t wait!