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(21:25:10) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
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(21:25:42) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: :: looks at the announcement from President Aennik to all flag officers, chucking a bit while he says :: Holy shit.
(21:31:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: after an hour or so of riding through the foothills up into the Cascades, Lexy finally points out the turn that will take them up to the rim of the ancient caldera :: Kate: Right here. We're almost there.
(21:31:22) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Has been sat in the Captain's chair for so long, passing officer's checking in on things, are starting to suspect he might have died in it.::
(21:33:04) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: walking around Starbase One's docking ring with Velekh, and points out Atlantis as she comes into view through the windows :: There! There she is! Our new assignment!
(21:33:32) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: sits outside Starfleet Medical, gargoyle-style, people-watching ::
(21:33:43) CO_CaptHarper: :: turns up the path as directed :: CSO: This I have always wanted to see, but never gotten the chance to come up here.
(21:34:25) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::face breaks into a grin:: NAV: She's incredible! ::Practically vibrating::
(21:35:20) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: :: half expects someone to come into his office any minute now, after reading that announcement ::
(21:35:21) MED_Dr_Tav: :: walks out of Starfleet Medical with Dr. Maruto, both laughing at a joke that one of them just apparently finished. He looks outside the courtyard, sees Kuari waiting for him, and ends the conversation wtih his planet-based friend before turning and walking away from the building. :: XO: Hi! I always love getting a chance to talk to Hiro.
(21:36:15) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: grinning with anticipation :: Kate: I've seen it many times, but it never ceases to amaze me.
(21:36:17) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: looks from the Caitian back to the ship as they approach :: I can't wait to get my hands on that helm. I've always wanted to drive a Sovereign, but the Atlantis? Lucky us.
(21:37:25) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: grins widely, all teeth, at Tav, and stands up on all fours :: Tav: Hi! I was just saying goodbye to my mother. It's good to have time to visit friends and family on Earth. I'm so glad you're staying aboard, though!
(21:39:47) MED_Ens_Velekh: NAV: I still feel like I'm dreaming... ::Adjusts bag over shoulder:: Not sure I want to wake up, though.
(21:39:51) MED_Dr_Tav: :: continues walking :: XO: I am, too. It took me a while to make my final decision, but Atlantis is where I need to be, both for the ship, and for myself.
(21:40:05) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: :: shushes the receptionist with a wink, reassuring that it's OK as he just walks into Blackthorne's office :: Hello Ian.
(21:40:57) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: makes it to the docking bridge and presents credentials :: MED: Let's hope you don't wake up then. :: chuckles ::
(21:41:54) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: :: stands, appraising his old boss in uniform again after two years :: Well, well, well. Welcome back, sir.
(21:42:41) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: as they crest the rim, Lexy indicates the first available scenic overlook down into the crater :: Kate: Go there, let's get a look down into the heart of Mazama.
(21:43:10) CO_CaptHarper: :: eases the bike on up to the indicated overlook :: Lexy: Sounds ominous.
(21:44:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: laughs :: Kate: Ohh, no. It's truly spectacular.
(21:44:19) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: turns as Tav walks by, passing behind him and falling in step beside him ::
(21:44:34) CO_CaptHarper: :: parks the bike and puts her feet down as she doffs her helmet ::
(21:45:09) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::Fishes out credentials from the top of his bag, handing them over:: NAV: I wonder what the quarters are going to be like...
(21:45:12) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: Now now, we both may have gotten promoted, but dispense with that. Privately, I'm still Alexi.
(21:46:28) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: MED: I've heard junior officer's quarters on a Sovereign are like senior officer's on a smaller ship.
(21:46:56) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: Bridge Guard> :: accepts their credentials, validates them, and moves them along with a chuckle at the fresh faces ::
(21:47:42) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: Of course. But still, congratulations. There hasn't been a Fleet Admiral in what, twenty years?
(21:47:45) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: Mazama was once a mighty supervolcano... :: leads her up to the edge and gestures at the enormous crater of the vast volcanic caldera, the eponymous lake far below shining in the summer sun, and falls silent as they both get their first glimpse ::
(21:47:57) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::flushes and tries to refrain from bouncing on the balls of his feet::
(21:48:16) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::fails::
(21:48:17) CO_CaptHarper: :: takes it all in, the view truly magnificent ::
(21:49:08) MED_Dr_Tav: XO: So with everything that's happened, it's been such a rough couple of years... it feels like a lifetime, and from a Trill, that's saying something!
(21:49:24) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: And so we call it Crater Lake. A bit lacking in creativity, perhaps.
(21:49:43) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: About that, yes. They brought me back to right the ship after that... mess. I may not stay long, but they needed a sure hand at the helm.
(21:50:26) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: That seems to go around on this planet, yes? Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, not very creatively named. :: still staring at the vista though ::
(21:51:02) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: heads on through the docking bridge onto Atlantis's saucer, with some awe, but a hint of swagger ::
(21:51:28) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: points down at the lake :: Kate: That island out there is called Wizard Island. We can get in a boat and ride across that deep.... deep water to get to it.
(21:51:40) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: I'd say they found one.
(21:51:58) XO_LCdr_Kuari: Tav: certainly has been eventful. :: takes in the beautiful, sunny weather surrounding Starfleet Headquarters, enjoying a fresh breath of air, knowing they soon will be returning to Atlantis. Tav: What do you think we'll go next?
(21:52:09) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::remembers that skipping onto the Atlantis may slightly be a bit unprofessional so just walks in step with Navarro as he takes in the view::
(21:52:15) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: How deep is it? And... did you say Wizard Island? Now that is a good name.
(21:53:00) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: Well, first, we should report in. I heard the crew is on leave but someone must be on the bridge. Let's go find it.
(21:53:15) MED_Dr_Tav: :: takes a breath of Earth air in as he thinks :: XO: What, with Slipstream flight? The sky's not even the limit.
(21:53:17) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: About 600 meters.
(21:53:39) TAC_1LT_Randen: :: On a shuttle to Japan. On his PADD looking at his Photo Gallery thus far. Pictures of him with the monuments. Eiffle Tower, Big Ben, Pyramids of Egypt to name a few. ::
(21:54:41) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: That is incredibly deep for a lake, yes? It must have to do with being an impact crater.
(21:55:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: Oh, no. Not an impact crater. The crater was formed when the volcano erupted.
(21:56:13) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::Hums in agreement:: NAV: Let's just hope we don't immediately get lost. ::Chuckles:: Which way?
(21:56:31) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: Then why do you call it Crater? Never mind.
(21:57:06) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: looks at the directory on the wall and finds the nearest turbolift :: MED: This way. :: starts off down the corridor ::
(21:57:28) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: blows past that :: Kate: And it is the ninth deepest lake on Earth.
(21:57:40) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: is enjoying a final few hours in Bora Bora before it's time to catch a shutle back to San Francisco. An old DC-3 passes overhead, its rotary engines a beautiful, ancient strumming sound as they turn hydrocarbons into flight power. Well, that's the well-manicured illusion these days. They haven't burned hydrocarbons in at least three generations! ::
(21:58:03) MED_Dr_Tav: XO: So, how do you like Navy life? :: continues walking ::
(21:58:23) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: So how do we get to the boat? And can we swim?
(21:58:27) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::spins on heel and tails after Navarro, taking in the sleek design of the interior::
(21:59:42) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: So, as Chief of Staff, you and the other Directors report to me, I report to the President. That's it. Simple. As for running things on a day-to-day basis, that's all yours. I know you can handle it.
(22:01:03) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: There's a road down to the bottom. See the lodge? :: points :: And... yes... you can swim. The water is cold, though. About 13C.
(22:01:20) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: Thanks, Alexi. It's good to see you back in uniform. I know what they did to you, but retirement didn't suit you.
(22:01:22) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: smiles at Tav's question :: Tav: I haven't really had a chance to find out, yet. Leave as Navy is a lot like leave as a Marine. As executive officer, though... :: lowers her large eyes to the path before them :: Tav: It weighs heavily on me, and until I can start doing the job, it's driving me crazy!
(22:02:00) CO_CaptHarper: :: grins :: Lexy: I can handle it if you can.
(22:02:43) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: enters the TL :: Bridge.
(22:02:57) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: No, no it didn't. There's only so much fishing a man can do, really.
(22:03:27) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: I'll put my feet in, but that's enough. :: gulps at the thought of 600 meters of water beneath her ::
(22:03:34) MED_Dr_Tav: XO: I can only imagine. Usually, you get to head a department before you find yourself second in command. Only a few Captain Kirk it the way you seem to be doing. But I think you'll do just fine.
(22:04:42) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: So we drive down that road? :: goes to put her helmet back on ::
(22:05:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: lingers a bit at the rim before hopping on ::
(22:06:16) CO_CaptHarper: :: hops on the bike and fires it up, then heads on down the road ::
(22:08:14) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: I imagine so. :: gestures to his liquor collection that's moved down from Atlantis's RR :: Can I get you anything?
(22:08:32) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: exits out onto the bridge with his Caitian friend ::
(22:09:28) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: nods :: Tav: Captain Harper must have a lot of faith in me. :: grins at his encouragement :: Tav: Thanks.
(22:09:29) MED_Ens_Velekh: Hello? Uh... Anyone here on the bridge?
(22:09:41) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::The sound of people entering the bridge stirs him back to reality.:: NAV/MED: Greetings, young ones.
(22:10:11) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: ENG: Lt JG Navarro and Ensign Velekh, reporting aboard for duty.
(22:11:21) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: NAV/MED: Welcome to the Atlantis. ::Smiles genially.::
(22:11:53) CO_CaptHarper: :: drives up to the lodge and parks the bike ::
(22:12:09) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: Not right now, thanks. I've rounds to make, but I'll take you up on that later.
(22:12:45) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::Ears twitch as his head tilts. Smiles back:: Thank you. If you pardon me asking... Your name... Uh... Sir?
(22:13:27) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: ENG: Thank you sir.
(22:14:12) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: MED: I am Capt... Lieutenant Ilaihr of Andor.
(22:14:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: hops off the back and removes her helmet, shaking out her hair :: Kate: So... hiking? Boat right?
(22:15:23) CO_CaptHarper: :: takes off her helmet and also does a hair shake, then secures the helmet to the bike :: Lexy: Yes, that should be fun. You have gone, yes? It is fun?
(22:16:19) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: Looking forward to it. Welcome back, again. :: smiles as he sits back down ::
(22:16:23) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::pauses in curiosity at the misspeak::
(22:16:47) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: Welllllll..... we did the boat ride when I was a kid.... It's okay as long as I don't think about it.
(22:16:47) FAdmZuriyev_HQ: Thanks. Get me a starting status summary by tomorrow, and other than that, steady as she goes. :: ducks out the door ::
(22:17:12) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: You are scared of boats? :: gets off the bike and gets her hiking pack ::
(22:19:18) MED_Dr_Tav: :: rounds a corner and the Golden Gate Bridge opens up before them :: XO: Ah. That view never gets old. Can you imagine what it must have been like here in the days of Mark Twain? Of course, with what he said about summer, I don't want to experience that. :: thinks a moment as they walk :: I look forward to seeing you in a command position. I guess I'll have to spend more time on the Bridge myself.
(22:20:02) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: Mmm.... it's.. more of a bathophobia thing. :: said quickly and with embarrassment :: There are some great hiking trails over there..
(22:20:09) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: Aye sir. :: at the closed door, feeling things are starting to get back to normal with Alexi as his boss again ::
(22:20:44) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: ENG: What do you do here, sir?
(22:22:06) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: Oh, the water, since it is so deep? It is alright, I understand.
(22:22:20) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: NAV: I am one of the Engineers. But I like to think of myself as the ship's watcher.
(22:22:25) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: smiles :: Tav: Medical officers are always welcome on the Bridge. need to be in Sickbay, of course. :: admires the view of the Golden Gate Bridge as well, recalling several occasions where she couldn't resist flying up and landing on the top parts just because she can ::
(22:22:57) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks skeptically at Kate :: Kate: ....You do?
(22:24:12) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: Well, not about the water specifically, but about fears like that. They are nothing to be embarrassed about.
(22:24:25) MED_Ens_Velekh: :Eyes brighten with curiosity:: ENG: Have you been working on the Atlantis long, Sir?
(22:24:59) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: ...I expected you to tease me about it. Such fears are not rational.
(22:25:31) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: MED: I believe it is coming up on four years...
(22:26:16) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: Why would I do that to you? :: genuinely has no idea :: If it were rational, you would be able to easily dismiss it.
(22:27:07) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: MED: But, I commanded my own starship before I joined Starfleet, for over 80 years.
(22:27:44) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: ENG: Then why would you... :: realizes that's out of place :: Sorry.
(22:27:53) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: shakes her head and watches Kate walking toward the trail, jogging lightly to catch up, a picnic lunch in the pack slung over her shoulder ::
(22:28:46) MED_Dr_Tav: :: directs the walk toward an overlook with a clear view of the entire bay :: XO: This is one of the reasons I wanted to stay here. Working in this environment, with all the doctors here, with... well, with your mother. This is a wonderful place to do medical work. But like I said, I need Atlantis, and you've made it clear that Atlantis needs me. :: looks Kuari in her great big eyes ::
(22:29:53) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: NAV: Circumstance forced an occupational change. However, I find my work here rewarding. Especially occasions as this, when the crew is away... Someone must monitor everything, and I am happy to oblige.
(22:32:59) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: ENG: It's good she's in such experienced hands, then.
(22:33:36) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::Rests hand on a nearby wall and grins at the engine's hum under his paw. Turns back to the others:: She must be a real beauty down in engineering.
(22:33:54) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: looks back into Tav's eyes :: Tav: Atlantis does need you. You are one of the best, and as the flagship of the Third Fleet, we get into a lot of trouble. We need you to keep us going and train the others. :: looks out at the beautiful vista, wishing she could take Tav flying over it, but his conservative weight is still too much of a strain to carry for long ::
(22:33:57) CO_CaptHarper: :: pauses to shed her riding leathers and stow them in her pack, since they're a bit warm for the weather ::
(22:34:11) XO_LCdr_Kuari: Tav: You're right, though, this place is a wonderful home away from home to come back to.
(22:35:09) AdmBlackthorne_HQ: :: heads outside for a walk around campus, getting things straight in his head to report to Alexi ::
(22:36:45) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: glances at the dark, unoccupied helm :: And to fly.
(22:37:02) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: MED: Oh, she is a beauty.
(22:37:35) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: NAV: But I would not know how she flies. I have not had the chance.
(22:40:45) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: :: grins :: I can't wait to get the chance.
(22:40:58) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Hears the chirp of an incoming transmission for him. Upon opening it, it is revealed to be move update in a game of three-dimensional Shogi.:: Comp: Computer... how long since last reply?
(22:41:22) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: has already adjusted the ventilation in her ShockVinyl suit ::
(22:42:13) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::smiles and puts a hand on Navarro's shoulder:: You're gonna be great, I know it.
(22:42:19) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: [Computer ENG: Two years, three months, nine days, and seventeen hours.
(22:42:21) MED_Dr_Tav: :: follows Kuari's eyes back to the panorama :: XO: Thank you. I do love being a part of the ememrgency department, and more, being a part of the exploration. And, when we thought Blackthorne and T'Kirr were dead, it was great to serve under Harper. I can go for more of that. ::
(22:43:50) XO_LCdr_Kuari: Tav: Good. Me, too. I expect we have many adventures ahead of us under Captain Harper's leadership.
(22:44:02) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Chuckles:: Self: Typical Aquatic. ::Examines the board for a while, before sending a reply, placing a captured Silver General back into play.::
(22:44:39) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: Self: It shall be many moons before a response.
(22:45:36) MED_Dr_Tav: XO: Agreed. :: is visually focused on the Golden Gatae Bridge now. :: XO: So amazing how they built that, what, almost five hundred years ago? Funny that they call it golden but it's red.
(22:46:31) CO_CaptHarper: :: now in shorts and a light shirt, she heads on down the trail with Lexy ::
(22:46:57) MED_Ens_Velekh: ::moment of realisation:: Ah, is there any way of checking where by quarters are, Sir? I believe it's on Deck 14, but I'm not sure.
(22:47:21) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: sits down where she is and cocks her head towards the bridge :: Tav: Did they paint it?
(22:48:18) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: Comp: Computer, where are the listed quarters for Ensign Velekh?
(22:48:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: inspecting the flora and fauna as they meander down the trail ::
(22:48:34) MED_Dr_Tav: XO: No, it was always painted red. 'Golden' never applied to the actual color of the bridge, but something to do with California.
(22:50:05) MED_Dr_Tav: XO: In fact, the name of the red color was, 'International Orange' and chosen because it was rare in architecture, and the designer believed it was pleasing to look at.
(22:51:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: launches into the natural history of this region :: Kate: This place is sacred to the indigenous peoples of this area...
(22:51:39) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Mumbles, hoping the main computer isn't on the fritz again.:: Comp: Computer?
(22:51:57) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: That is understandable.
(22:52:21) XO_LCdr_Kuari: Computer> Deck Ten, Section Three.
(22:52:39) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Kate: Are there similar places on Risa?
(22:53:11) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: Comp: Excellent, thank you computer.
(22:53:26) CO_CaptHarper: Lexy: Oh yes, absolutely. I can show you some given my traditional upbringing. I am certain that would delight my parents to no end.
(22:54:14) NAV_LtJG_Navarro: ENG: May we go find our quarters then, sir?
(22:55:24) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Smiles at the young officers.:: NAV: No one is officially on duty, and I am only an engineer. You do not need to ask for my permission.
(22:55:43) CO_CaptHarper: PAUSE SIM
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