Location: Galapagos Passage

The day started, unlike any other passage. “The most beautiful sunrise,” to quote Renee, filled the sky in the early morning; “it was a wild purple,” Louis recalled during the evening squeeze. Unfortunately, not too long after the sunrise did the fire alarm begins blaring; many in the forward cabins awoke from a peaceful slumber to the squealing of sirens. Thankfully, this was only a false alarm, and there was no true harm. On the bright side, this alarm gave many of the crew, especially those that called watch team 1 their own, the energy to hoist the fisherman sail from the forward director’s bunk in the salon onto the deck and up the forward mast. This was a beautiful sight to behold; five of Argo’s sails flying, pushing us with the wind as we continued sailing our course downwind.

At noon, watch team 2 took the deck and enjoyed the calm sea state, breezy winds, and blissful sunshine. As everyone meandered up on deck for lunch, they saw a beautiful meal prepared by our fantastic head chef for the day, Giselle. As the day rolled into the afternoon, we enjoyed many entertaining and lively presentations on the oceans and their marine life during oceanography from our fellow students. Following oceanography, the afternoon led into leadership. The students enjoyed deep debates and conversations about equal opportunities and unspoken privileges that have been seen in daily life before arriving aboard the ship.

To end off the day, as the evening came around, the crew enjoyed deck showers and warm minestrone for dinner. As chatter filled the air, as well as the occasional booby’s squawk, everyone entertained thoughts of home when reciting their answers for the day’s squeeze question, “what is something you can only find in your hometown?” Tomorrow, hopefully, will be just as eventful and comforting as today was.

02 15.62′ N
085 38.64′ W
50 hours from the Galapagos

Myself, writing the blog

The noon-day sky

Bow watch with Sam