Monday, October 19, 2020
Awoken sometime in the night, I heard shouts from above. I scrambled on deck with the rest of my watch to meet the standing watch. We struck the sails and dropped anchor next to a massive nuclear powerplant. After that brief task my watch was stood back down until anchor watch. The next morning we awoke to a beautiful pink and blue sky over the mouth of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal. After completing our morning chores and eating Sean and Rachel's delicious breakfast of doughnut holes, C watch raised the anchor and got us underway. It was a gorgeous day to be forward lookout, helm, and even on deck dish washer. The water was very calm as we motored our way under bridges through the narrow channel. The watch was fairly uneventful, but a nice break from hectic craziness that can sometimes be felt while underway. We continued down this canal for what felt like forever- past dinner and well into my watch. Our destination for the night was Baltimore, and the trip there was smooth. At around 2100 we finally were closing in on our destination and I was able to take the helm for a little bit. Despite some sleepiness the quarter deck was lively with Miss Miller Shelley and Captain joking around and telling stories. The closer we got to the city, the less it looked like a bundle of yellow and white lights, and the more I could make out an actual city. I had never been to Baltimore, and I had never imagined it to be such a beautiful place. We winded our way through another channel which was lined with street lights and restaurants. There were big, neon lights everywhere decorating the buildings and illuminating signage such as Domino Sugar and Under Armour. I looked around at the city and it just looked like one big playground I desperately wanted to explore. We were able to dock easily with one watch, some idle hands, and a handful of crew. After a steady landing I got to close the day with more school work. It was blissful day.