BVI: Session 3 - Aftica III
Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2011
Last Man Standing
Location: West End, Tortola
Today is the last day of the trip. As we all woke up to a majestic sunrise our hearts were confused. Are we happy to go home to see our family and friends (and flushable toilets)?, or maybe sad to leave our new family and friends. No one will really know. As our day begun we had a lovely selection of cereal and oatmeal (thanks to Nick and Cara). After clean up was done we got our dive gear ready as we sailed to the Indians. We all hopped into our gear once we got there and got sad because as quick as it started our last dive in the BVI was here. With luck we had a 30 minute dive filled with lots of fun and beautiful sights to see. With a magical last dive we all were happy but again our hearts were confused. When all gear was put up we had a meeting. It was now time to do an extreme clean. Everything had to be done. Everything! The girls cabin was chosen to house all bags. So all of the things were packed and a head to toe cleaning began. When we were finally done all of everyone’s bag were put on the bed. We all cleaned the boat and then some until we got to West End, our final stop. We cleaned for a little while once we got there. When the boat was spotless we got to go walk around (Ben is the best dive instructor in the whole wide world!). With this our last port and last time with our new family we made it last. When we came back it was shower time and then the BBQ. We meet our friends from other boats to have an amazing time we will never forget for years to come. For the parents and friend who read this and never came to AQ I want to say.. the boat is a family like no other. You can never understand what has happened, the laughs, the tears we all shared, nothing can replace the feeling of this trip. We walk out new people with a new outlook on life. Our minds are open as well as our hearts. I hope to see you all again later in life. I love you all and you have a special place in my heart. Thank you for an amazing trip.
Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Nearing the End
Today started off cloudy, but soon the skies cleared and the day turned hot, humid, and sunny. We started off the day by diving the anchor of the Rhone which broke off the boat during a hurricane (the ship later sustained a gash in the hull after running into Blonde Rock. Soon thereafter the boiler flooded and exploded, blasting the ship into two sections, both of which we dove earlier in our trip). It wasn’t nearly as large as we expected but the dive was still fun. After the dive we sailed to Road Town, Tortola where we spent two hours shopping, eating, and walking around the city. Once we were all back in the boat we departed for where we spent the night. Tomorrow will be the last leg of our journey. We are nearing the end!
Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011
How to Catch a Seagull
The beginning of our third to last day here in the British Virgin Islands consisted of an average morning aboard our boat. After a delicious french toast breakfast we pulled up anchors and set course for Wreck Alley. Unfortunately there was very little wind on the sea today, so we were unable to raise the sails. Fortunately, this made diving conditions very good for our wreck dives we took today. Both of these awesome dives were on the same wreck-an overturned barge and tugboat. On the second dive we actually penetrated the tugboat and viewed all of its cool features. When we arrived back in Great Harbor we had a few laughs after we anchored. Benji had a great time catching a seagull in the dinghy where he covered himself in towels and bread and waited for a seagull to land on him-the only way to catch a seagull. Also, Chiara decided to take a nap in the dinghy in which we set loose with only a fishing line to keep her from floating too far away. We also had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the Chefs. All in all a great day.
The weather was sunny without a cloud in sight, it didn’t rain and the swells were mild. Today we encountered a steady 8-10 knots of wind throughout the day. Today we woke up to a french toast breakfast, then we put on our PFD’s and set sail to the wreck of the Rhone. We took our PFD’s off and plunged down to the wreck below. At the dive site we saw 2 barracudas, an angelfish, an octopus, a huge grouper, and many schools of various fish. Then we rose up put on our PFD’s and set sail to the wreck of the Fearless. The dive was pretty short at 20 minutes. The Fearless was so gnarly! It actually looked like a boat. I tanned today with Lauren and we had a heartfelt conversation. Some of the girls and I sang songs. We set sail and landed at Great Harbor, Peter Island. We jumped in the crystal clear water.
Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Something Smells Fishy
As the sun climbed its way up the sky this morning we woke up to Captain Nick’s “brilliant” music on the beach-oooops! I mean boat (the amount of sand on the deck was easily comparable to that of Sandy Spit). Aftica was one of the first to heave up its anchor and commence another day of adventure. As the sleepy-dust twinkled out from our eyes we made our way to West End for a quick dock and stock. Pusser’s brunch made our tummies content so we continued our journey with some intense steel drum dancing and a gusty wind to Blonde Rock. The large swells against the dramatic dark sky caused a stunning sight as we descended. During our awesome sail to Great Harbor our awesome instructors broke out showing their immense dancing talents, yet again. After mastering the messy eating of Mexican Night, we braced ourselves for the fish dissection! Fascinated faces hung around the Mutton Snapper and we learned that the largest organ of a fish is indeed NOT the “lungs!” Now an early night so we can continue living this dream to the fullest!