Halfway to Axial seamount
August 11, 2013
Since this is my first cruise, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but life at sea has turned out to be fascinating and unlike anything I’ve ever done. I had never before been beyond the sight of shore. You can walk around the lower deck of the R/V Western Flyer and see the ocean from all directions. It’s amazing to walk in a circle and see only ocean, sky, and distant clouds, and hear only the hum of the ship and the splash of the waves as they pass by us. Our ship is like a little floating island. I’ve never been in such a remote place before!
We have quickly developed a little community. We do everything together. We eat all of our meals together in the galley. We share a couple of labs and an office room. Each of us shares a stateroom with another scientist. The rooms are small and cozy and have bunk beds, a small table and chair, a sink, and life vests and immersion suits just in case. You can see a picture of me trying on my immersion suit during the safety briefing in yesterday’s blog. There are only 11 scientists, including me, and we must all work together to make the cruise successful. The others have been very nice by helping me and mentoring me so I can learn necessary skills to be successful at sea.
We have been preparing sampling devices during our transit and coordinating our science plan. We took a few minutes this evening to watch the sunset. It is one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen! It was amazing to see the entire sky light up with no obstructions like trees or buildings to block our view. I feel very lucky to be a part of this great science team and research cruise. I’m looking forward to our first dive tomorrow.
— Sarah Glancy