Good Morning from the middle of the ocean!
Life on the Robert C Seamans has made me realize something about myself: I’m a fairly light sleeper that gets woken up to any sound or smell. Not the best quality to have when living on a ship you might think. The ship is full of many sounds, day and night. The sounds of my bunkmates getting ready for dawn watch at 1am (wishing them luck from the comfort of my bunk), to the sounds of drawers flying out of the galley at random times of the day. The clanking sounds of harnesses walking throughout the vessel for a boat check, which reminds me someone is looking out for my safety 24/7, to the waves crashing on my bunkmate's porthole. The intense flushing from the mid-ship's head (toilet), to the sounds of my shipmates trying to not knock into the walls as they walk. These sounds are just a little tidbit example of what life on the boat is like in my eyes. From my bunk in Shellback Alley, I also wake up to the yummy smells of whatever marvelous baked good the galley has come up with for the day, to the smells of the vat of meat waiting for me in the dish pit. During watch I get to smell the infamous zoop goop in the wet lab just waiting to be processed and the indescribable noises and smells that come from the engine room on my hourly boat checks. And I can’t forget to mention as I smell my stinky self from time to time, because let’s be real, showering on a boat underway is no joke… We are currently hove to due to the steady 12-15 foot waves. Life on the boat feels like a hurricane day in Florida, I come up on deck for a moment but tend to instantly run back below to hide from the wind. The deck is restricted to the on-watch unless you are seasick or just absolutely crazy enough to enjoy the wind and waves for a few minutes of fresh air. I would put myself in that category, of course. While on deck a harness is required and you must be clipped in at all times. It’s funny to see all of us clipped in with harness tethers trailing behind; it reminds me of those parents that would get their kids a backpack with a leash on it. (Thanks mom for not doing that to me) I’m a member of C Watch and we had the deck for the morning 0700-1300. Although we were hove to, our watch was keeping up with the hourly jobs and maintaining a positive attitude, from 6 minute bird observations, to boat checks and regular confirmations of the wind speed. Nonetheless, we took it upon ourselves to do 10 squats at the top of every hour with half hour 1 minute planks. Watch out world! I’m gonna be ripped when I get back on land… I hope! I ended my morning watch with a spontaneous alphabet singing game, where we would sing a song that starts with the letter of the alphabet. We got to P before it was too annoying. I would love to chat more but I have dawn watch and should probably catch some Zzzzs. All in all, the wind is strong and but so am I! Shoutout to my Mami (Elaine), Te quiero y te extraño muchisimo. Me estoy diviertiendo y aprendiendo bastanto y no puedo esperar a verte! Shoutout to my Dad (Blair) W-88, Thank you for recommending this experience to me, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m really glad that I get to share this with you and learn a little bit more about you. Can’t wait to see ya again Captain! Oh and Alum of SEA. Shoutout to my Partner (Mason), Thank you for being so patient and diligent with me in this process. I know I left you with two troublemakers to deal with back on shore. Tell the pets I miss them, I’ll be back before you know it And just a shoutout to my friends if your reading this, I’m so excited to meet up again and tell you all my stories maybe at Prato or my favorite spot… Cowboys Much love and appreciation Leia Collado-Duff