By Eric Hanneman
Originally posted on Deepwater Canyons:
It’s two days until the Nancy Foster departs port for the open sea, but I have been nervous for weeks now. I spent most of this weekend running around to malls and stores I rarely visit, looking for foul weather gear, notebooks, sunglasses, Dramamine and a laundry list of other things I think I might need to make this voyage a safe and productive one. The last time I left home for this long was over 10 years ago when I went to Africa to go diving in Lake Tanganyika. That two weeks away from home was a long time. Even there at the lake, it was possible to obtain things from South Africa given a few days notice.
I know that the Nancy Foster carries food for a full complement of crew for 18 days, makes its own freshwater, and has enough fuel to power the engines and still have some left over to charge camera and computer batteries. But somehow being on a boat, out of sight of land, seems farther away from home than any other end of the earth.