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The Hard Part is Over

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2012) Permanent link   All Posts
 Alexander Lloyd 18 August 2009

Wow! A lot of time has passed since my last entry. In that time, I spent six weeks aboard the Barque Eagle, three weeks of leave at home, and now I am packing in to begin the new school year.

In all honesty, the living quarters aboard Eagle were a rough transition from the newer 225 foot Juniper class buoy tender in Hawaii; however, my time spent aboard Eagle proved to be a pretty unique experience. We sailed from Bermuda to Charleston, South Carolina, up to Boston, Massachusetts, onto Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then ended in Rockland, Maine. Aside from Boston, all of the port calls were places I had never been. With the knowledge learned during the school year, I was able to get helm and lookout qualified on board in a week. Overall, Eagle was a great learning experience.

My three weeks of leave were awesome. I was able to spend time with family and friends, do plenty of boating, take my Jeep off-roading, go wakeboarding, and do some shooting, among other activities. Of course, leave went by way too fast making it all the more difficult to come back.

However, this year is different. Time is flying. I am an upperclassman now. The hard part is over. My experiences will only get better, and I look forward to what awaits me.

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