By Debbie Smith
October 31, 1998. We arrived in Honolulu bright and early on the morning of the 31st. We were tied up just after 7:00 a.m. Many people waited anxiously for the gangway to be set up so they could set foot on land after 36 days at sea. They didn't need to go far from the ship, just walk around on the dock, getting the feel of solid ground under their feet again. We weren't quite done with our work though.
We were still in the midst of packing the main lab: our supplies, the computers, the data tapes and printouts, all of which would be shipped to Woods Hole on Monday. Packing always takes longer than you budget for and Dave DuBois and I finally finished at 2:30 p.m. Laura was finishing about then as well, but she was home already and was carrying her boxes to her car to transport to her office. As we left the ship our thoughts turned to Halloween night and the festivities that were rumored to occur in Waikiki.
Our cruise was a great success, and we would like to thank the Captain and crew of the R/V Thompson for their help and support during the Puna Ridge cruise. We also thank the Deep Submergence Operating Group and the Deep Submergence Laboratory of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for all of their hard work which made our cruise possible. Finally we thank the participants from various institutions and universities who stood the watches, ran the wax core and dredging operations, labeled and described the samples, and contributed significantly to the success of the cruise.
Finally, I would like to thank Ed Schiele and Lori Dolby who for 36 days maintained their enthusiasm and created interesting, readable, and entertaining Daily Flashes.