Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 47

Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 47

Cape Charles, Virginia

Kingsley

Sunday, October 25, 2020 

Today was an eventful day! We woke up anchored outside Cape Charles! The seas were rocky and the wind was blowing strong. The gusts were making it hard to stand on deck, and was blowing dishes out of our hands! Sunday’s are make and mend days- no classes- but chores, homework, and ditty bag project galore! Oh, and not to mention it was our first and only mail pick up day! The anticipation levels were high as we motored our way towards the dock in the early afternoon. It was nice to see civilization and be beside a dock again. Our mail delivery people handed out a box full of an estimated two hundred letters! It took our educators some time to organize and pass out all the letters, so all enjoyed Julia’s galley assistant lunch of panini’s as we waited. We scrambled to eat and clean our plates to dive into our letters. The salon was loud and busy once people started opening, and happy tears started to come as we read notes from our families. For me, it was a bizarre to have been so out of the loop from family so reading about what I have been missing was a relief. So glad that everything is great back home it was also exciting to receive letters from all our teachers and friends at Proctor! I miss the Proctor community and it will be an adjustment to settle back into campus after this. Later on in the afternoon we got underway, off to Charleston. This will be our longest consecutive voyage yet- four days, and rough weather in the radar! Tonight my watch, A watch, had the deck from 0000-0400. The seas were brutal, my stomach for the first time all trip, was so unhappy! I’s so grateful for my fellow watch members. When sea sickness overtook one of us, we would swap out, picking up each others slack. My favorite part of the night was the bioluminescence. When the waves crashed onto the boat the deck lit up with sparkles. This was a great distraction from my sea sickness. Wish us luck as we journey to Charleston. Love you family and talk soon. Hugs!