Day 16: Landfall

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July 14, 2011; 9:30 PDT
July 14, 2011; 16:30 UTC

46.209834 N
124.308628 W

I awoke this morning to a feeling of steady ground. Early this morning, we were met by a bar pilot who navigated the ship into the port of Astoria. As I speak, hatches are unlatched and shipping pallets are prepared. The gangway has been extended. I’m far from where I live, however the moment still feels like a homecoming.

It’s been a good cruise. Soon I’ll begin the real work of processing the samples we’ve collected. Right now though, I could use some breakfast.

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