Day 6, At Sea
We were woken up at around 12:30 with a jolt… thinking it was just another insane wave hitting the hull of the ship.. Did I tell you that we have the first room in the front of the ship, so that every time a wave crashes into the ship we are the first to hear the boom and feel the bang???
We were suppose to head straight out from Seattle to Japan but since there was a storm brewing somewhere in our path the Captain changed course and went north toward Alaska and the Aleutian Islands which hook up with Russia.. (Oh, I can see Russia from my cabin window!!) lol.. Sorry Sarah couldn’t resist!
Of course, when you go that route it is COLD! and of course, who brought cold winter wear? No one! We all bundled up as much as we could and braced ourselves for a few days of chilly winter weather and stayed indoors.
Back to the bump in the night.. During the day the captain made an announcement that there was an 6.9 earthquake in the waters by the Aleutian Islands, just about where we were sailing sometimes during the night. The epicenter was 50 miles away from us and that was what we felt. There was no Tsunami warning and that all is well.. It was the weirdest feeling, being woken up by a huge jump in the air. I felt like I was levitating off the bed. Of course, K slept through it all!!!!
A little lesson about the International Dateline.
The International Dateline is an imaginary line extending between the North Pole and the South Pole and arbitrarily demarcating each calendar day from the next. It corresponds along most of the length to the 180th meridian of longitude but deviates eastward through the Bering Strait to avoid dividing Siberia and then deviates westward to include the Aleutian Islands with Alaska. South of the equator, another eastward deviation allows certain island groups to have the same day as New Zealand. The Dateline is a consequence of the worldwide use of timekeeping systems arranged so that local noon corresponds approximately to the time at which the sun crosses the local meridian of longitude. A traveler going completely around the Earth, carrying a clock that he advances by one day whenever his clock indicated midnight, would find on returning to his starting point that the date according to his own experience was different by one day from that kept by persons who had remained at the starting point. The dateline provides a standard means of making the needed readjustment. When crossing the Date Line on a westerly course,as we are doing, we lose a day. When crossing on an easterly course, we have the same day twice.
Well, Yom Kipper (the Day of Atonement) started on Tuesday evening and should have continued on Wednesday past sunset, but we did not have a Wednesday.. I hoped to be exempted from Yom Kipper this year because we had no Wednesday, but that was not to be.. We had it on Thursday instead.. Actually, we had quite a crowd. Over 40 people for the first night (Kol Nidra) and about 30 for the afternoon services (Nila). Since K was no able to blow the shofer, our friend Mike volunteered. Mike is an avid trumpet player but who would have thunk it.. He blew that shofer for a good 3 to 4 minutes.. What a pair of lungs…
We have been turning our clocks back every night one hour and I have been waking up every night about an hour earlier, tonight was at 2:30am..
Since I know no one is interested in pictures of the same people going about their activities aboard the ship, I haven’t taken many pictures yet.
OK so today on Day 7 of the trip across the Pacific toward Japan (tomorrow we will be in Kushiro) we hear that there is a typhoon in Okinawa, south of us, with 175 mph winds.. The weather has been extremely choppy for a number of days now and I wonder if we will have to divert our ports because of this typhoon.. we will be right in the middle of it within 24 hours.. But, by the time you read this it will have passed, and hopefully we will all be safe!
I thought that I left Florida to get out of the hurricane season to run right into a typhoon?????!!!!!!!
Here are some pix to keep you busy until I have some serious pictures to show you. Our corridor; empty and lonely at 2:00 am .. Couldn’t sleep.. keep changing time zones every single night, we move make one hour every night so far.
Sunset at around 5:45 AM near Russia!
Here are some of the flower arrangements around the ship:
and some towel animals!