SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 15, 2020
Ramblings of a wind whipped mind
26 27. 58’ N 082 51. 17’ W
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Winds out of WNW with light breeze and 3 foot waves
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
Dolphins swimming in biolum
Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
Hello!! It's been 22 days on board and my conclusion is that time travels unbelievably weirdly here. A popular saying that's been going around is, "a day lasts a week and a week lasts a day." I've found that the absence of a regular 24-hour schedule has drastically changed my perception of time. Days are no longer counted in hours but sunrises, sunsets, shooting stars, midrats, and biolum.
Since my life has transitioned to a series of naps, I've been having bizarre dreams where the world continues to rock back and forth and I can breathe underwater. This escape from a painful awareness of time has really allowed me to be where my feet are. I can take each moment for what it is before it seamlessly transitions to the next one.
I've seen so many beautiful things here and have been desperately attempting to preserve the way this place makes me feel, but I've found that words don't always have the ability to capture a feeling. My watch has labeled this, "the missing word." We talk about how we will recount this experience to our friends and parents but most of the time we end up babbling for a bit before stopping with a kind of confused look on our faces. But here's what I can say, I've counted 72 shooting stars on lookout. I've seen glowing dolphins tiled in a mosaic of glowing organisms and I've seen the moon rise like a sharp smile with Venus chasing right after. I've also seen 15 sleep deprived, wind whipped kids annihilate 4 deep dish pizzas in 20 minutes. I've looked on in awe as Aria casually pulls trig after staring at a microscope for too long just to come right back to help process nitrates and I've seen Lena refuse to not speak in a random, ever changing accent until the 32 other people on board can't seem to stop talking like a confused, possibly concussed, Australians.
Each day brings new knowledge, respect for nature, love for each other, and appreciation for life. We are so lucky to be here and be safe and healthy and I think about that every day. As our last week on board starts, I hope to be present and take it all in before the return back to reality.
- Grace Evans, C Watch, Colorado College
P.S Happy birthday benny!! I miss you so much and hope your days are filled with snow, dogs, breakfast foods, good friends and so much love. I think about you often and how much you would love the crew on board (I've already made plans for you when some head back out to Montana). Buddha ben has been enjoying his time here and I can't wait to tell you all about it.