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Friday, October 16, 2009

Rocking and Rolling at Sea

Rocking and Rolling at Sea!
Our one and only day at sea was spent rocking and rolling with gale force winds and 20’ seas! The captain announced that they were expecting 70 knot winds. Makes getting around loads of fun as you hang on to the rails or watch your water bottles roll all over the place in the cabin. Fortunately neither one of us gets seasick but I’m sure there were a lot of folks who didn’t venture out of their cabins today.
We packed up because we have a tight connection for Houston and are in the first group off the ship at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. How quickly the time goes by. Seems like just yesterday when we waved goodbye to the Statue of Liberty.
Since we were ship bound we did a few things differently. For example we skipped the lunch buffet (time to taper off) and opted for the English fish and chips in the Crown Room. We checked out the “Family Feud” shipboard game where teams of passengers compete trying to guess the top five answers to certain questions like “Name the top five places a guy would take a date to the first time they go out.” The answers were very creative to say the least.

For my bird watching friends I found 4 life birds flying next to the ship; Great Skua, Cory’s Shearwater, Greater Shearwater and Sooty Shearwater. Shearwaters are easy to identify by the way they fly, kind of a soaring 8’s and their wings almost touch the waves. A good pair of binoculars also helps.

We say goodbye to our table companions at dinner this evening and the maitre d’ will probably serve baked Alaska for the grand finale.
We are looking forward to getting home in time for our Bible Study class and seeing Susan and Jacob and getting to talk to the family in Chicago.
Thanks for checking in on our adventures! WW & MA

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