December 4, 2007
55° 5' S, 64° 32' W
We have one more day of science to go, and another day reserved to make sure we get back to Punta Arenas by Friday morning. We're very close to the end, and at this point it's clear that I'm suffering from "Channel Fever." This is the term that seagoing folk use to describe the intense restlessness you feel when you're close to the end of an ocean voyage. It's exacerbated by the fact that there's very little for me to do. All the CPIES have been deployed, and even as we continue to take CTD casts in the Northern Drake, we're not collecting that many actual water samples for me to test. Occasionally there's a "packing up" job for me to help out with, but mostly I find myself waiting, talking, reading, napping. It's a bit of an anticlimactic way to end this trip, but so it goes.
For the past several days, it also has felt a bit like the movie "Groundhog Day." Every morning we wake up to the same routine. The only difference seems to be the date on the calendar. Days here run together. The same work gets done, and the same routine is followed. And, as there is less and less to do, restlessness has taken over many of us. After a few weeks of the same routine, I am definitely looking forward to getting back into the rhythm of the workweek when I get home.
So, not much new to report here on the Drake. Tomorrow or Thursday I'll post my final entry on this blog, and then I head back up to Boston to return to my normal life!