Happy Tuesday (likely now Wednesday, maybe even later) to all of our avid readers! Today was a day like most, filled with watch, class, food, and classwork (as you might imagine). Today, I had afternoon watch, which meant a long night's sleep after an eventful evening watch last night. I bet most of you can't say that you often find yourself standing at the tip of a headrig, storm furling a jib tops'l at 2220 or so - if you can, I bet we can establish some common ground. No matter how dark, at what time, or how terrifying it seems to clip in to balance on what seems like a thin net, I am always eager to go out as soon as possible. Last night was no different, and my watchmates were nothing but helpful and successful in this furl. As I left watch this evening, weather was rapidly changing, and C watch had the wonderful opportunity to do the same thing with the jib tops'l, and I could feel nothing but happiness for my fellow crew as they get that exciting moment as well.
Beyond that, the weather has been rather enjoyable as we've started back on our return. We have had a few sunsets the last few days which have been breathtaking- and photos will never do these sunsets justice. We often have a "sunset appreciation" time on deck for said sunsets, and we all silently admire the beautiful world we live in, and reflect on the privilege it is to be here. Many individuals have never sailed, let alone had the journey we have had. It is truly a blessing.
In my little blurbs here on the blog, I try not to talk to much about myself, because I can anticipate I'm just a name and update on your loved ones for most all of you reading. But for my family reading this, hi! I am enjoying this trip immensely. I think there is so much happening all the time, and I have learned so much in just a few short weeks. Between sea shanties with Chief Mate, Ava, line handling with 3rd mate, Darcy, generator operations and water-making with the engineers, to learning how Cap scored the kayak of his dreams in a 6 hour drive at 80% off - I continue to learn something each day. Some days are better than others, but I love the bad days just as equally as the good days. Not every day is sunshine and rainbows, but I am thankful to be in the middle of the ocean with this gaggle of strangers. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Signing off for now,
Hawai'i Pacific University/ B Watch
Hi Kacie! Hi Amberly! Hi Peyton! Hi Grace! - I hope you girls are having a wonderful summer (despite your favorite sister's absence). I can't wait to Facetime you when I'm home. With all my love!
Hi Mom! I love you!
And to my person- I can't wait to see you! I love you.
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