It’s been one week since the cruise down the Mexican coast has ended and let me tell you it hasn’t gotten any easier. The exploration is over and now it’s time to analyze the data we all collected to uncover what we found and see our new discoveries. We all had a great time aboard the ship and venturing Manzanillo, especially at the resort (which was awesome). It’s time to get back to work. We are back on land and it feels great, although I do miss being on the boat and could see myself doing that for a long time. Now that we’re back home though we all have various distractions that could possibly hinder our progress with our projects from our jobs to television so we all need to keep our heads in the game. I know one thing that won’t be a factor for us and that is the weather in Seattle, it’s raining with no sign of sunshine (at least none like there was in Manzanillo), which is very disappointing. Even with the bad weather I’m positive everyone is excited to make their data come to life. I know I am and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. My thoughts on the cruise up to this point overall is that the experience was exceptional and I would recommend to anyone that loves the ocean to give Oceanography a consideration. The experience, the friendships, and the feeling you get out of this course during one of these cruises is phenomenal. It was a once in a lifetime experience wrapped into our pursuit of a higher education.