SEA Currents: study abroad
February 25, 2019
The End of an Era
We departed Samana early this afternoon after our longest port stop thus far. Due to a departure delay, bonefish watch didn’t have a whole lot to do for the 0700-1300 watch so we hung out on the quarterdeck and drew things like the elegant pedestrian bridge that in its beauty and openness provided, perhaps, a metaphor for the warm welcome we received in Samana.
February 24, 2019
Last Day in Samana!
Today was our last day in port in the Dominican Republic before we set sail to Silver Bank National Marine Mammal Sanctuary tomorrow (yay, whales!). It also happens to be my 21st birthday, which I got to ring in at midnight after my watch with my friends and the quietly peaceful Cramer under the stars.
February 23, 2019
Today began with Lucas and me finishing B watch’s activities from 05:00 to 07:00 a.m. We then completed our daily chores to keep Mama Cramer tidy. Laurie and Victoria headed back to the US, taking a huge chunk of our family with them.
February 22, 2019
Illustration – Documenting the Voyage
What seems like 100 years ago when I was in college, I took a scientific illustration course that blew my world wide open. As a science major, I was pleasantly surprised how the act of drawing enhanced my observation skills and forced me to slow down, make notes, jot down comments, ideas, and truly focus on what I was doing.
February 21, 2019
Can Ya Gybe with it?
Today was day one of our 12-day sail from Russell down to Wellington. The near future is both exciting and daunting as we will not set foot on land for the next two weeks or so. With that being said, everyone is settling back into the groove of being on a watch schedule and adjusting well to life at sea after being anchored for two nights.
February 19, 2019
Today marks a week on the boat and the first port stop! As of this morning everyone has fully adjusted thanks to the amazing crew and a finely tuned combination of acclimation and the occasional medication.
February 18, 2019
Science never stops!
It’s hard to believe that we set sail just yesterday from our anchorage at Francis Bay, St. John. So much science has happened since! When we were leaving St. John, we took three surface samples to get an idea of how nutrients and chlorophyll change from inshore to offshore, stay tuned for those exciting discoveries.
February 18, 2019
Present and In Awe
Day four of sailing, and we’re already accustomed to life at sea! It took a few days for a couple of us to gain our sea legs, myself included. Some waves are bigger than others, and I definitely could feel the bigger waves. But now, the gentle rocking, the unbalanced moments, and everything else the Pacific has to offer us, can now be fully embraced.
February 16, 2019
Snorkeling, singing, and smiling
Aside from those of us who had anchor watch this morning, our day began at 0630. After breakfast, chores, and some packing, we launched our two inflatable boats and shuttled everyone to the nearby beach. From there, we walked across the island to Waterlemon Bay where we spotted a reef shark in the shallow water and surveyed a lively reef.
February 15, 2019
A 21st birthday celebration on land is deceivingly similar to that underway. Full of well wishes, tasty cakes, reflection, and likely some vomiting. I began my morning with a watch shift, where we made sure the boat was safe and secure and that all was well as the sun rose.