Our first day in Lunenburg! Bright and early this morning, I was woken up
for my 6:20 breakfast of oatmeal and bacon, fueling me for my final 7:00 watch before our very first port stop. Every morning when I make my way on deck I take in a gorgeous ocean view, only today I was surrounded by Canadian evergreens, the first trees we’ve seen in a minute! We mustered on the quarterdeck as we sailors do, and Captain gave us orders to begin preparations to haul back anchor. Our C-watchers sailed the Cramer into Nova Scotia in the wee hours of last night and anchored, so we only had a quick trip to find our space to dock. As the sun came up we maneuvered our way out of the inlet and towards our destination. Normally, students try to sleep in when it’s not their turn for morning watch but we’ve been crazy excited to finally get a look at what this little fishing town could be, so everyone came up on deck.
Sailing in, Lunenburg seemed somewhat smaller than what I
expected. The night before Madi and Noah had been asking if there would be a Chipotle nearby. Boy, were we wrong. Not a burrito in sight. Lunenburg turned out to be the cutest little fishing town I’ve ever seen with its scattered multi-colored houses and lobster pot Christmas trees. For most of today all we could do is observe from afar as were we still considered a foreign vessel and needed to get checked in by customs. I spent the nine hours waiting to get cleared furling the sails, playing spit with Emma, laying in the hammock with Lula, eating lucky charms, gossiping with Cole and Cade, singing with Madi, and waiting some more!
Finally, just when we were about to give up hope our fearless leader gave us the good news. We
also were given our phones to make calls home for the first time in six weeks. I got to talk to my mom and dad, which only made me miss them more as well as all my friends back home. The minute we stepped off the boat we made a run for the ice cream shop and hurried as we only were left with 45 minutes until we had to be back on the boat. We walked down the street and started screaming at the sight of our favorite Maritime Studies teacher, BEN! We missed him so much! Ben is here to take us on a tour of Lunenburg and give us a lesson on its history tomorrow during our full day at port. Now it’s 20:00, I’m about to head up on deck again, lay on the top of the lab and look at the stars with my friends. I can’t wait for tomorrow and to get to see much more of Lunenburg before we set sail again to continue our voyage.
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