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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

December 16, 2014

Don’t Make Me Leave

Ali Johnson, A Watch, Stonehill College

Just one of many incredible moments at sea.

Ship's Log

Current Position
Docked in Lyttelton


Sail Plan & Course/Speed

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM AND AUNT BETH!!! I love and miss you so much, I wish I could be there today! I can’t wait to see you in just about a week.

Today we saw more sunshine and fun in Lyttelton! It’s amazing what a difference we’ve had between here and Dunedin. Three days of sun and we’re all looking like a crew of lobsters. But we’re not complaining! This morning we had our normal cleaning duties and then went right into a few hours of study hall. Deb listed out all the assignments we have due in the next week and I think most of us wanted to jump overboard right then and there. Pray for us this next week. After getting very little done during the study time, we were set free in Lyttelton. Lots of folks went hiking or took the bus into Christchurch; I spent some of the afternoon doing a little work on the ship and had time to reflect on the past month/semester.

This has been the best experience of my life. I’ve been staring at this computer screen trying to put into words how I’ve been feeling lately and I’ve decided it’s impossible. Being more of a math person, I’m not really one for words but I’m going to try my best here.

As the sun sets on our final day at our last port stop, many of us are sitting around listening to Kelsey and Eli play music together and I can’t help but think about how little time we have left together. The students and crew I’ve spent the past five weeks with are some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. We’ve come together from around the world, from different backgrounds and experiences. We’re the most diverse and unique group of people I’ve ever imagined myself working with. And yet, we’ve become a community. We are drawn together by curiosity, adventure and the need to be a little weird sometimes. And believe me when I say. things get a little weird sometimes. I couldn’t ask for a better group of students and crew to sail around New Zealand with. I’m honored to set new records for the Robert C. Seamans with these amazing people and I can’t thank them enough for making this the most incredible journey of my life.

To my S256 family, thank you for making me laugh and staying positive. I’ve laughed until I’ve cried, I’ve laughed to keep from crying and I’ve laughed so hard I’ve had to run to the head. Thank you for taking in every beautiful moment with me. We’ve experienced some of the most breathtaking and indescribable moments together that I can’t begin to describe to anyone else. Thank you for getting better at wakeups. Thank you for turning the salon into a winter wonderland. Thank you for always being there to help out or hands for safety. The list goes on forever. Thank you and I love you to the bottom of the deepest sea and back.

To my friends and family at home: Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Aunt Beth, Laura, Baby Blaise, Yan, Ally, Onset and Sarah. Love and miss you all and I cannot wait to see you very soon! Hope it’s not too cold back on the East Coast! 

Happy Holidays to all!

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s256  port stops  new zealand • (5) Comments
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#1. Posted by Ally on December 17, 2014

See you in two weeks from Friday!!!! Can’t wait to hear all about this adventure!

#2. Posted by Mom (Mary Lou Johnson) on December 18, 2014

Thank you Miss Ali! I am so thrilled that this has been an experience of a lifetime - one you will never forget.  You made your mind up a long time ago that this is what you wanted to do and you did it! One of your many wonderful qualities is determination.  Good for you!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

#3. Posted by Julie Fernald on December 19, 2014

We all are so proud & thankful for this trip of a lifetime for you !! It has been very delightful to read all these blogs & follow along the trip. All these young people should be proud of themselves. HUGS & KISSES to all from MAINE !! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !! Love, Auntie Julie & Uncle Cecil

#4. Posted by Michael Gorder on December 19, 2014

Hope you’re having a great, memorable last week, Ali.  See you on the 23rd, eh?
—Uncle Mikey

#5. Posted by Beth, Laura & baby Blaise on December 19, 2014

We are so happy you are having such a great experience! We can’t wait to see you soon and hear about all of your adventures. Baby Blaise is anxious to meet Auntie Ali! He is 2 months old, weighs 10 pounds and is so very cute! Enjoy these last few days as a “pirate”! It sounds like you have found treasure in this “best experience of your life”. We wish you safe travels home! We love and miss you, dear Ali!



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