August 26, 2006
There are also a few other advantages to this diversion. While waiting for all of the personnel to arrive on their airline flights, Cook Paul Devlin takes the opportunity to do a little shopping at the local grocery store for some fresh provisions. Three grocery carts later, Paul has a full helicopter load. It will be a welcome delight to everyone onboard to again have fresh salad and vegetables at meals. Along with the groceries, several Anchorage newspapers are also brought back so that we may catch up on some of the latest news. It is rather awesome to think that since we've been gone, the solar system lost a planet, now that Pluto was declassified by the International Astronomical Union.
In the evening, all of the new members have arrived onboard, although some without their luggage which was lost by the airline. No time to wait for the bags -- we're immediately steaming north again -- so these poor souls will have to borrow clothes from others onboard and buy toiletries at the ship's canteen to last them for the next three weeks.
Looking back on the first half of the cruise, here are a few pictures that didn't make it in previous dispatches.