Location: Portovenere, Italy

Those involved in watch group three got a bright and early start on Argo this morning. After being on deck by 4:30, with the help of the staff we left Elba close to 5 am en route to Portovenere. Though the group was a little sleepy, we were greeted by a gorgeous sunrise that made the early start fully worth it. The passage was a relaxing one, which many of the shipmates appreciated after the slightly more rolly passage we had a few days before. Some of the fellow crew saw some neat marine life today. Many jellyfish were spotted and many students also saw the dolphins that would occasionally swim by Argo. All shipmates were introduced to the equipment we will all be using in our marine science classes. The instructors, Casey and Stephanie, were very enthusiastic in showing us how everything works. After catching up on journal entries, postcards, uploading photos, reading, showering, and other similar tasks we all enjoyed a wonderful dinner of stuffed tomatoes, stuffed peppers, zucchini, salad, and home made French fries. Today marks the day the crew will say farewell to Travis. I am sure everyone will miss him. However, the captain who will be with us for the rest of the voyage arrived today from an oceanographic research voyage in the Gulf of Mexico. The crew is all excited to get to know our captain better, fondly known as Boomer. All in all today was another wonderful day on Argo.

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