Storm’s a comin’

by Jessica Miller

July 27, 2006

The following posting is from Carroll, who is onboard in the Bering Sea…

Not much to report today.  We got tossed about quite a bit last night, as we headed south from St. Lawrence toward Nunivak Island and the Etolin Strait.  With no land in sight, and things still too rough for whale spotting, we spent most of the day relaxing, doing emails, and catching up on much-needed sleep.  About mid-morning, as we were still bouncing around, we noticed a spill that had run all over the galley floor.  We had gotten such a shaking that a can of 7-Up had actually exploded.  Several others were about to follow suite.  Not seaworthy apparently.  Who knew? 
It’s been calm and clear since early afternoon, but the radio tells us there’s worse on the way.  The forecast is for a storm tomorrow with fifteen foot seas and forty knot winds.  It’s the sort of weather more associated with winter on the Bering Sea than summer, and a little more than this ship can comfortably handle.  Certainly more than we can work in.  So, we’re headed for Nash Harbor on the north of Nunivak Island, where we can wait out the storm in the shelter of the surrounding hills.  Hopefully, the bad weather will come and go quickly, so we can move on to Bristol Bay.  We’ll just have to play it by ear.


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