Imagine my amazement when I woke this morning to find calm winds and a light breeze…. The skies cleared just after 0800 and I went out and enjoyed the sun for a couple of hours. Then the area of low pressure off the Kamchatka Peninsula started to catch up with us as the skies clouded over. The rest of the day brought gale force winds, rain and cold temps. The seas also began to pick up a bit. I’m sure the attendance will be down tonight for our second formal evening as passengers succumb to sea sickness. The day was enjoyable. I met new people and visited with past acquaintances. In the morning while sitting in the sun Apollonia joined me for a while and the only thing missing was Allan & Sandra. It’s a shame they are not here to join us. It is getting more and more difficult to sleep until a reasonable hour since we have gained one every day. I am now 8 hours behind East Coast time back home. The other item of note today was at 0837 we crossed the International Dateline so actually I am currently 16 hours ahead of east Coast time. At 837 we went from Wednesday the 24th of September to Thursday the 25th….. Nothing like losing a day! The prospects for tomorrow are pretty bad, the storms will continue. I have been very fortunate so far so I guess I can’t complain.