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Our position as of 0930 (local time) 12-16-08

Day 3 at sea.  Its still taking some getting used to looking out the ships window and not see the familar sights of the harbor.  Our first full day out at sea was calm and very nice.  A pleasent breeze cooled the warm air and there were no clouds in the sky.  The bow was opened for the first time, its closed when we are at dock due to the dangers of the mooring lines, and we spent the day sunning ourselves.  Dolphins swam in our bow wake and schools of flying fish entertained us all.  A very pleasent day. 

Woke up on Sunday to a different feeling and noise.  My cabin was literally jumping and I could hear a loud roaring.  The wind had picked up during the night the farther north we went and the ocean is a little rough now, full of white caps.

Relaxing on the bow
  The ship shakes and rolls and makes interesting noises.  It feels like being on an airplane with heavy turbulance and sounds like a strong wind storm against the side of the house.  Its fun to sit and watch people trying to walk, we all look like we are drunk staggering back and forth and running into things.  We go from feeling weightless as we go over the crest of the wave and then like we weigh 100 pounds more when we are in the trough.  Waves crash over the bow, soaking the windows, the bow has been closed since Sunday due to the choppy conditions, but lucky for us there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy the sun during our breaks.  Even though we are sailing, daily life continues on the ship.  Those in the hospital have been reassigned tasks for the sail, some in housekeeping, others in dining room, etc.
Sunset 12-13-08
  I am doing computer work for the OR, I sit in the lounge with my laptop trying to get some work done, but have to take frequent breaks in order to get some fresh air.

The sunsets have been amazing!  The sky has been clear during the day, no clouds anywhere, until around sunset when they gather at the horizon.  They don't really obstruct our view of the sun, but they compliment the sun with their rainbow of colors.  Then the real show begins, the stars come out.  If you've ever been somewhere were there are no lights and saw the sky in all its glory, imagine that and then multiply that by 100.  I've seen whole constellations, like Orion, Pegasus, Gemini.  They stand out so brightly here that I wonder how come I was never able to pick them out before.

The full moon over the water
  Deck 8 is a perfect place to gaze at the stars.  We don't sail with all the lights on like we had in the harbor, so its very dark.  The deck rolls back and forth and it looks like the sky is rocky back and forth.  After gazing at the stars for an hour or so, we are treated to the biggest full moon I've ever seen rising in the east.  Its beautiful, though its so bright it blocks a lot of the stars.  Captian Tim says he'll do a star talk tonight to show us more.  Looking forward to it.

We are slightly behind schedule, so we've been told this morning.  Not sure when we'll get into Tenerife, either sometime late on Thursday or first thing on Friday.  So this is our half way point.

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Our position as of 0930 (local tim…
Our position as of 0930 (local ti…
Relaxing on the bow
Relaxing on the bow
Sunset 12-13-08
Sunset 12-13-08
The full moon over the water
The full moon over the water
Sunset 12-15-08
Sunset 12-15-08
Captn Tim takes readings from the…
Capt'n Tim takes readings from th…
Theres dolphins out there, I swea…
There's dolphins out there, I swe…
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