Exploring the Sea,, Mariana Trench Floor and My Coast Guard Son #2

Last week I posted the adventure of my Coast Guard, Lt. Son, Tommy and the wonderful time he had up in Alaska while he watch the winner of the Iditarod as he and his dog's came in. Then he landed on an ice runway in the little town of Diomede, Ak. to teach the local people boat safety.  You can watch this on an up coming episode on the Discovery Channel.

Well, today I'm talking about Son #2, Eric.
(he is really my son-in-law but I feel he is my son) 

Eric is a YNI, in the Coast Guard and has been stationed for the past three years in Guam.
His thrill this past month was to be on a Coast Guard Cutter that sat out in the So Pacific Ocean, being ready when needed by the entire crew of Titanic director James Cameron.    While Cameron worked to  reached the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean as part of his underwater solo submarine mission.

(My daughter did not know of the mission until after it was over but did say, "He was gone this week"?) 
This week Eric was "Exploring the Sea"

Cameron left the tiny atoll of Ulithi in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean on Saturday for the mission. His goal was to become the first human to visit the ocean's deepest point in more than 50 years, and to bring back data and specimens. He aimed to take 3-D images that could help scientists better understand the unexplored part of the Earth.

 Located in the western Pacific east of the Philippines and an average of approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) east of the Mariana Islands, the Mariana Trench is a crescent-shaped scar in the Earth’s crust that measures more than 1,500 miles (2,550 kilometers) long and 43 miles (69 kilometers) wide on average. The distance between the surface of the ocean and the trench’s deepest point—the Challenger Deep, which lies 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of the U.S. territory of Guam—is nearly 7 miles (11 kilometers). If Mount Everest were dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would still be more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) underwater.

The Mariana Trench

Yesterday it was announced, Avatar film director James Cameron has completed the world’s first solo dive to the deepest-known point on Earth, reaching the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench southwest of Guam in a specially designed submarine.
The filmmaker arrived at the site known as “Challenger Deep” shortly before 8 a.m. local time on Monday, reaching a depth of 35,756 feet, or roughly 7 miles beneath the ocean’s surface, said the National Geographic Society, which is overseeing the expedition.

 James Cameron

As a mom I can't tell you how exciting it is for me to hear the stories from my boys and how their lives in the Coast Guard has taken them to their dreams of adventure. One Exploring the Sea and One Exploring Nome... 
I'm also happy to say both of their missions turned out to be safe,  for all involved.

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Victoria said...

Awesome!!!! Thanx for sharing your sons' adventures with us!!!!

Vicki/Jake said...

I saw this on the news yesterday and was in awe. More so now that I 'know' someone involved:) You have some awesome sons. BTW, S is also for SANDY!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Wow, very interesting. Due to terrible motion sickness, I will only ever be able to read about these kinds of adventures. Very exciting stuff.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

It's fun to watch our children follow their dreams!

anitamombanita said...

AWESOME!! We've been watching the James Cameron adventure with great excitement. How amazing to be part of something sure to go down in history!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

How cool! This is absolutely fascinating to me! What amazing stories you must hear!

Karen S. said...

Proud, proud and double it again! Such a cool life and thanks for sharing it with us!

Cheryl D. said...

Many years ago, I saw a documentary that James Cameron did where he took submersibles down to the lowest depths to document the sea life down there. It was really amazing to see! I guess he wanted to go even deeper this time!

How exciting for your sons!

Jenny said...

This was Such a Special post for the letter "S"!

The Stories you hear must never Stop Shocking you!

Thanks for linking and Sharing them with us too.