SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
December 16, 2014
Don’t Make Me Leave
Docked in Lyttelton
SO MUCH SUN!!!
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!