June 9, 2009
Woke up to rocking and rolling of the ship. Made it to breakfast and then on to the bridge to check out the situation. There were only a couple of us wandering around, as most everyone had knocked themselves out with their concoction of motion sickness medicines of choice! I am blessed to so far, not have to worry with this problem - it is either the St. Brendan's protection or some Irish seafaring blood that I may have from my father's lineage! On the bridge, I watched the winds on the current weather screens go up and up and top out at 64-knot gusts! Yikes! Everything all over the ship had to be completely strapped down or put away, as anything that was not was flying across rooms due to the ship being tossed about on these seas. While in the lab for a short while, drawers that were not fully latched were even spilling out across the floor! The entire candy bowl in the galley even became airborne and crashed out everywhere. The 15-20 foot seas were giving us a ride. This is definitely friskier than the southbound trip, but I was assured this is not the worst that Drake's has to offer. I had to be thankful for that!
Standing and walking were challenges, as well as trying to focus on reading books or working on computers. Therefore, the majority of the day was spent watching movies and playing games like "2 Truths and a Lie." This was definitely a lot of fun, as most of us don't know each other well enough to distinguish the lie, so we really learned a lot about each other! I also got to see a super cute movie that I had not ever seen before, Little Miss Sunshine. We all are hoping that it gets better the closer we get to the Cape!