January 24 (23), 2007
Well today is the 24th. No, it should be the 23rd. What is going on? Well, late last night the ship heading west towards New Zealand crossed over the International Date Line. At that point we gained one day on the calendar. Luckily, it is not lost. I will get the day back when I fly back to the United States on Feb 1. Normally a two-day trip, I will leave on the 1st and arrive on the 1st. Crazy but that is the way it is as the world turns. Weather is much better this morning and seas are calmer. Last night, while on watch, I noticed the soundings being taken of the ocean bottom are getting shallower. The night before the water was about 5000 meters deep. Last night they were in the upper 4000 meter range. We are beginning to move onto the continental shelf of New Zealand. Crew and science teams are finishing jobs necessary and packing samples and equipment. Because the seas are calmer, more activity will occur on deck and coring tools will be packed and stored.