Location: Underway to Mo'orea

6:30 AM, rise and shine. A dreaded early wakeup on Argo but well worth it this fine morning. Passage preparation began as soon as our lovely faces were out of bed, before breakfast even. That didn’t make anyone too happy, but hey, what are ya gonna do? We worked hard in the morning and were served a masterfully baked breakfast by our one and only Amy Goose. Chocolate brioche, bone apple teeth (or, as you may know, it, Bon a petit)! After breakfast, we got stuck into a Marine Biology lecture and then back into passage prep. Passage prep led into passage life, and…you know the story. After lunch, we had our last Oceanography class, showers, dinner, and so on and so forth. A pretty regular day, as it may seem, but not on Argo.

Days like this are wonderful because we know them well. Nothing “special” and yet so very special for all of us! This is where the magic of our group shines on days like these. We’ve had them many a time before, and yet each new day seems so special. Now more than ever, we have to appreciate simple days like today. We may not have been diving or hiking, or snorkeling on a pearl farm, though still today was wonderful in the most nostalgic of ways. We only have eight days left, and that’s quite scary to most of us, I believe. Eighty-two days spent together, all of us on the same 112-foot schooner. The friendships we’ve made are unbreakable, and the memories we’ve made have been forged into our brains, never to leave. I know we’re all excited to go home and see our family and friends thought I would go as far as to say we’d stay here for much longer if we could. I’m a bit scared to go home, if I’m totally honest. What will I do without Watch Team 3? What will I do without all of my wonderful new (82-day-old) friends? These are only my thoughts and feelings. However, I am “hundo-p” (translation: 100% – it’s an Ian thing) sure that we all have the same fondness for one another.

Not every day on Argo holds something specifically new or exciting, but that’s part of the beauty in it all. The company is like no other. I suppose it just goes to show that the people you’re with are much more important than what you’re doing. Tonight I’ll spend 4 hours from 12-4 AM on watch with the same people I’ve been on watch with for most of this trip. We won’t be doing anything new or “fun.” It’s the people that count. That four hours will no doubt fly by in the blink of an eye. Watch shifts always do. I’ve never felt quite this close to all of the people around me before, and it’s a beautiful feeling. A fantasmagorical crew we have here on Argo!

Pictured: Jack (our student skipper for this final passage) surveying the pass as we exited Ahe Atoll; Tim up the rig as our lookout on the way out during slack tide; students in the salon listening to each other’s final research presentations.

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