After nothing for a few days, I was pleased to get a message this morning from Pam, onboard the Explorer II. Here are some pertinent excerpts:
Thank you for the “Welcome aboard” email. It was hand delivered in an air mail envelope when I arrived.
My internal clock has no clue about the day or time. I decided to sleep until I was ready to get up around 10:30 ship’s time.
Here we are, in the middle of the Atlantic/Pacific coming up to the convergence. I already feel it in my being, not in a sea sick way, just a constant reminder that these 2 oceans have met. The captain referred to this as small swells. Kinda nice being lulled to sleep last night.
The room is comfy. Again I took pics before making a mess of it. The curtains are tilting about 15degrees. Didn’t try showering today. I’ve used the tub to anchor loose things. Okay, we’re really heaving now.…
I bought 1 hr of internet time ($27US) which I’ll use for the next 10 days onboard. Oh, how I wish I could send you some pics. There’s a very happy one of me as we head thru the Beagle Channel. I’ve met a picture taking buddy, a business analyst from Chicago. She wants a pic of her in her U of I sweatshirt with a penguin for her alumni mag. We are getting to know each other’s cameras as well as our own for such documentary shots.
Today there were several albatross sightings. Since I don’t know exactly what they look like I’m not sure I could claim seeing them. There are some gull type birds following the ship’s wake. Long wings but smaller bodies than all the seagulls we see at Granville Mkt.
I’ve saved this msg as a draft and now will make my way to the library to mail it. The Library has public terminals and WiFi.
It sounds like pretty rough seas to me. It’s a good thing she took some Bonine (like Dramamine, but with less drowsiness) with her, just in case it gets any rockier.
As near as I can figure out, here’s where that Longitude and Latitude position is (roughly) on Google Maps (I think it’s the white dot at the centre of the map):