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March 14, 2019

Smile for the Camera

Lex Brugler, A Watch, Lafayette College

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Picture this: It’s 0800 and you’re eating breakfast on the quarterdeck. You’re wearing the cleanest items of clothing which after 4.5 weeks on a boat equates a smell test. You’re having a conversation with your shipmates about what you’re the most excited to do today with your research time on shore.

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March 13, 2019

Windy Welly!

Anna Merrens, B Watch, Skidmore College

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Today was our first day ashore getting to explore windy Welly.  Today also marked the first shore day where we were given 2200 as the time to return to the ship.  In previous ports everyone was given a call back time of around 1800 for dinner and watch cycles, so the extra four hours allowed for a very full day of adventuring.

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March 12, 2019

Going Aloft

Sofia Garrick, A Watch, University of Chicago

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After several days at sea the sight of land was bittersweet; however, something long anticipated awaited us after anchoring right outside Wellington and before we were to step foot on land.

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March 08, 2019

Seattle Weather for a Seattle Girl

Katey Christianson, C Watch, Boston University

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Today is my 21st birthday. It’s not exactly the way I envisioned it, but I’m not complaining. Open ocean, the salt breeze, and amazing friends. What else could I possibly need? I spent yesterday as Assistant Steward in the galley. I am a terrible cook, but thankfully, I didn’t burn anything! I made chocolate chip cookies for midnight snack and lasagna for dinner.

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March 07, 2019

ABCs of the Robert C Seamans: Apple Crisp, Bioluminescence, and Companionship

Anika Thomas-Toth, C Watch, Carleton College

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“Glowing dolphins!” was how I started my day. A little after 0000 I woke up to Fin murmuring to those awake that dolphins were lit up by bioluminescence in the water off the starboard bow. For this rare opportunity I slid out of bed 30 minutes early, pattered up on deck, and draped myself over the rail where I hung staring at the water, dazzled in amazement.

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March 05, 2019

Last Day in Napier

Jack Porterfield, B Watch, University of Vermont

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Today was the last full day of our impromptu stop in Napier. A few days ago, we looked forward to today being the end of our longest segment at sea, as the original plan had us arriving in Wellington today. Instead, we have spent the last three days enjoying Napier, a mid-size beach town in Hawke’s Bay.

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March 04, 2019

Boppin’ around Napier

Anna Byczynski, C Watch, University of Rhode Island

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We woke up bright and early to two new views: a sea lion, and the Ovation of the Seas! Here we were, dwarfed in comparison to this massive cruise ship. It was quite the sight in this industrial logging port.

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March 01, 2019

Half-Way There

Brooke Baldassare, B-Watch, University of San Diego

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Today, B-watch took the deck at 1300 after most of us slept in until lunchtime due to our long evening watch the previous night. Morale was a bit low, as the rough seas we have been facing have taken a toll on both our bodies and our original plan for out course track. Our morning was spent preparing for the notorious pin rail race that would be happening during class time at 1430.

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February 25, 2019

VolcaNO Place I’d Rather Be

Hannah Gottesman, C Watch, Cornell University

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According to my watch, it’s Monday, so I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Sunday on the Robert C. Seamans was spent sailing around Whakaari, an active volcano.  That morning, having slept through breakfast after midwatch, I woke up to the sight of Whakaari framed by my bunk’s porthole.

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February 22, 2019

Field Day Fun

Jaclyn Hodgson, B Watch, Whitman College

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Today marks day two of our passage to Wellington. Despite the watch officer transition yesterday, things have been running smoothly and everyone is happily settling into life offshore once again.

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