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October 26, 2016
No More Monkeying Around
Today marks the end of our second stay in Cádiz and the beginning of the final phase for the program. We all enjoyed our time in port and made the best out of an unplanned experience, all thanks to our captain and professors who were able to plan a trip to Gibraltar for us. We are all incredibly thankful to our faculty for constantly making tough decisions that look out for the best interests of those aboard the ship.
We feel re-energized by a combination of plenty of gelato, beach exploration, and tailless monkey observation along with a window to catch up on the mountain of schoolwork that always seems to blindside each student at the end of a semester. We are ready for the last nine-day stretch. All of a sudden, the semester is coming to an end, and this is the last chance that we have to push ourselves at sea. For many of us, this realization has helped clarify what it is we really want to get out of this program. For some, it is learning celestial navigation, or climbing aloft as much as possible. For others, it’s the chance to finally analyze and interpret the data for our research projects. There are even some of us who have a slightly mitigated hope for more serious weather that will test our abilities to handle sails under pressure (For the seasick- this is certainly not the case). Regardless, we are ready to get back to it! As Kate and others often shout as soon as the motor shuts off, “WE’RE SAILING!!!”
But what I find within the final times of any elongated experience like this one is the importance of reflection. What is the point of going through all of these never-ending dawn watches, daily ship routines, and beautiful ocean scenery if we don’t ask ourselves what we thought about it or how it makes us feel? Maybe this is just something we will do with our friends and our parent once we return to land, but I would like to get started before then.
One reflective thought I am having now is the notion that while it is important to understand that our individual journeys are coming to an end, it is just as important to acknowledge that our journey as a group is also ending. This means that, all of a sudden, the same 14 students you have been sleeping and eating next to for the past 3 months won’t be there anymore. This realization comes with yet another- how close we have all become in such a short period of time. At times, it may have been a little too close for comfort. But more importantly, we have all gotten to know each other on a personal level to a degree that I am very grateful for. This message is also aimed at the entire crew of the Corwith Cramer. Each crew member on this boat, whether a mate, engineer, scientist, intern, steward, professor or other, are all incredibly special in their own ways and have made this semester what it is through their willingness to open up and embrace a new group of anxious, knowledge-seeking students. These guys are honestly some of coolest, most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met, which may surprise some due to the fact that they live on a sailboat just about year round. I will cherish the experiences I have made with all of these passionate people, but am focusing on the last ten days that we all have to spend together. I am looking forward to taking these new things that I have learned about myself and life in general and beginning to apply them to what is around me. It ain’t over yet though!
Much love to everyone who has been keeping up with the blogs, I know how difficult it must be to try and understand what we are all going through!
(Mom and Dad cough*)
To ease that desire though, here are some pictures of our time at Gibraltar just a few days ago.