July 4, 2006
Happy 4th of July. It is a beautiful day and supposedly the last good weather day on our trip. The sunrise was spectacular. Photographs of spectacular sunrises and sunsets seem the most common on the shared photo site. Each one is so very unique.
While on the bridge, Captain Bruce showed me the large clumps of Sargasso weeds floating on the water. Since I had never seen this weed before, Dave very obligingly tried to snag some from the side of the ship. I was afraid the water would rip the hook from Dave's arm, because the ship was traveling at 12 knots.
Using a magnifying glass we examined the 3 specimens Dave snagged. They are such complex structures and would make a great investigative topic for my students as an ecology project. We tried to spend as much time on deck as possible to appreciate the last of the good weather. We watched the sunset and later stayed up to watch the stars and moon. The sky was not as clear as I had expected.