|Caitlin (right) with her dive buddy, Abbe, a Ph.D. student at |
Duke University, before they entered Alvin.
"Guess what Craig just said to me!" she gushed.
Craig had promised to do everything in his power to get her on DSV Alvin, and she could barely contain her excitement. I was more than happy for her, especially because our adviser's word is good. I'm not sure if any of you felt it, but heaven and earth have moved. Because yesterday, Caitlin got her first Alvin dive.
|Stepping out of the sub, Caitlin is all smiles.|
|Dumping ice water on my labmate in the name of tradition!|
It's tradition that after a newbie has their first Alvin dive, they are christened with buckets of ice water. Caitlin was on an Alvin cruise last year, so she was well-acquainted with the tradition and knew full well what was coming. Our entire OIMB team was standing by with buckets when she got out of the sub, so she marched right over, stood where we told her to, and embraced the cold shower. It was an awesome day, and I'm so glad my labmate got an Alvin dive!