Hi everyone, the day started with yet another delicious meal made by Ashleyhappy birthday! I hope it's a good one, love and miss you.
and while we were enjoying the nice warm dish we were able to welcome Anna Lynn and Hannah back aboard. YAY! There was much to celebrate this morning as party hats were quickly donned in honor of Jenna's birthday. Jenna proceeded to hand out the party favors she had brought (more COVID tests), and then chores and dishes were dutifully completed. For the first half of the day we split into our watch groups and learned how to respond in a variety of emergency situations. After that, we had a yummy baked potato bar for lunch and began getting ready for departure. As tasks were completed and the moment we'd been waiting for drew near, S312 students all gathered on deck, some helping us safely leave the dock, others standing by ready to jump in if needed. There was much anticipation as Captain Allison completed her final few pre-departure duties. Finally, just like that, the engine was on and we were watching as the city of Auckland and the massive Disney cruise ships grew smaller and smaller behind us. Once we were well underway, sails were hoisted and the engine was turned off. We're sailing! Birthday cupcakes were brought to the quarter deck and we all sang to Jenna. Soon after our singing and birthday treat, dolphins were spotted on the port side of Bobby C. Students and crew alike made their way forward and watched as three beautiful bottlenose dolphins came and swam right under our bow, playing in the ship's wake. It doesn't get much better than that. Currently, A Watch is completing their first watch rotation. B Watch will follow this evening and C Watch (my watch), has the very very special job of being the first dawn watch (0100 to 0700). The vibes are good and even as some of us awkwardly stumble around as the boat rocks and others are a bit apprehensive as the tables move back and forth, we are all happy and excited to be underway. Lucy and Morgan, we miss you and hope you can rejoin us soon! Well, that's all for now. This blog was written a bit early because I will in fact be going to bed right after dinner. Until next time, Lila Hensley (University of Vermont) Shout out: It's your birthday here mom, so