SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
December 17, 2017
Days of our lives
Kaiarara Bay, Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island
Course & Speed
As we make our way closer to Auckland, some signs that this trip will end are unfortunately starting to appear. Science deployments and data collection have tapered off, the stresses of project work are in full swing, and I’m hearing conversations about life after the trip.
I’m reluctant to mention any of this at all because time might catch wind of it and might tick by faster-which would be cruel. It’s just that it’s been so nice that I’ve been struggling lately with alternative ways to say “what a lovely day that was.” After so many lovely days the sentiment is not sufficient. It just doesn’t do it justice and I haven’t been able to figure out what words can.
And we continue on.
Yesterday, after field day, a squirt gun fight (the science team lost), a swim call and a delicious meal cooked by our Chief Scientist Kerry and Chief Engineer Henry, we motor sailed through the evening to find our way to an anchorage near Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf at midday. We are surrounded by lush vegetation and birdsong. A pod of dolphins raced towards the boat as we pulled into the protected Kaiarara Bay. Great Barrier Island is undeveloped with a lot of its residents living off the grid which makes for a peaceful and pristine place to stop for a night.
The students had the afternoon as a study hall to work on projects and also catch up on some sleep if able. Some of students had the chance to try their hand on our small sail boat Gene, while some of the crew were able to explore the shoreline via small boat and paddle board. To round off the day, we had another swim call, the second in two days to soak in the beautiful water that surrounds us.
The Christmas decorations went up today, and carols were sung during galley cleanup with Christmas cookies for study fuel. Tomorrow, the students will get a chance to explore shore in the morning before a second round of presentations tomorrow and weighing anchor to explore more of this coastline.
I think it was the author Annie Dillard who wrote “how you spend your day is how you spend your life.” I’ll take more days please.