Overcoming Cabin Fever
Apart for celebrations revolving around Andy’s birthday, the past few days have been relatively uneventful. Several now-fixed equipment errors caused minor panics, but we’ve generally been shooting away, moving south of Kodiak Island, and soon we’ll start to zigzag towards Dutch Harbor. We fill our days with books (this is already the best-read summer of my life so far), crosswords, movies, and increasingly good conversation. We are all catching up on sleep missed over the past few years. I know that many onboard are getting cabin fever, and I’ll admit to some myself, but I think the worst of that has passed for me. The world is smaller now (though I’m starting the rediscover the wide-open space of the outdoors on deck), my needs are fewer, and while I’d love some fresh vegetables, I’d say all is well.
I should also mention, for any who had doubts, that Alaska is beautiful. Yes, it’s cold, and rainy, and usually cloudy, but when we near land, the views are incredible. Jagged, snow-capped mountains seem to rise right out of the sea, and the sun tints the ocean in shades of blue, green, black, and even pink. On the Langseth (and especially for me, as I work the midnight to 6 AM watch shift and sleep during much of the day), it’s easy to forget that there is outdoor space to inhabit as well as the inside. No, we can’t leave the boat, but we’re not trapped within these two corridors and four rooms alone.