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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 05, 2016
Out on the Town
32° 22’ N x 064° 40’ W
Description of Location
Docked in St. George, Bermuda
Partly cloudy with strong winds
While the last few days have been balmy, I think most of us are glad to be in port today. Winds are gusting and the sky is dark. Behind us, the professional oceanographic research vessel Atlantic Explorer has pulled into the dock, cutting their sampling expedition short for the weather.
Thankfully the conditions didn't hamper our adventures. If anything, the wind added to the excitement of our ferry ride to the other side of the island, where we explored an old fort that has been converted into the National History Museum of Bermuda. This end of the island also happens to be the only place that massive cruise ships can dock because of Bermuda's extensive reefs. These ships loomed over the weathered limestone walls of the fort as we walked around rusted cannons, anchors and other historical artifacts. It was an interesting vista to say the least. What's more, to keep us company throughout the museum/fort was a herd of Bermudian sheep!
By midmorning Mark had distributed public transportation tickets and set us loose to explore the island. Most of us decided to take another windy ferry ride into the Hamilton, the largest city in Bermuda. Although metropolitan by Bermudian standards, Hamilton has the same white-roofed pastel-walled buildings we've come to expect and a mellow vibe. My shipmates took advantage of the city action by trying different cuisines for lunch, including Azorean and Jamaican. I went with a group to put together a lunch from the grocery store. Then we made our way to the botanical garden, relaxing under a sprawling banyan tree, smelling our way from sweet wormwood to camphor in the “Sensory Garden”, and admiring the fruit trees. I saw a frangipani that wasn't blooming yet.
The wind-blown waves rocking the boat are a reminder that the next stretch of our ocean voyage is right around the corner. We've settled into the routine of port but soon we'll be back into the rhythm of sea. While it lasts, each day we have to explore this island adds to its charm.
We wish safe travels to our departing shipmate Robert. Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone back home! To my mama, a happy early Mother's Day (Tah-rah-rah!). Kate wishes her mom a happy early Mother's Day as well. Much love to friends and family in Albuquerque, Austin, Boise and Cambridge.