BVI: Session 2 - Happy Our
Posted: Mon, Jul 24, 2017
It Started With a Prank
Today was perhaps the most fun day we have had all session. After the laborious two minutes of planning the night before, we woke up at 4:00 am. As we all awoke, our collective sleepiness was replaced by unbound excitement. We were dropped off in pairs at random sail side boats in the hopes of making it half the day with them and racing with them to West End. Merm and I were placed on Squeaky Brat and before we had even truly set foot upon the vessel, one of the counselors intercepted us and told us to go back to our boat. Merm and I were prepared, however, we hastily assumed sleeping positions and refused to move. We affirmed our solidarity and resistance with a quick “Have a good night” to the counselor. Before disappearing into the salon, she told us that we would be sailing back to our boat in the morning. We tried to contain our excitement and finally went to sleep. We woke up early and decided that it would be funny to wake those on Squeaky Brat with some upbeat tunes. To our surprise, their Skipper Griffin was extremely nice and loved our music choices. He decided to keep us on his boat for the race to West End as honorary DJs 1 and 2. We made new friends and placed second, all while having a fun time! Merm and I were wearing our Hawaiian shirts that we had bought two nights before, making our prank both funny and classy. After shore time in West End, Happy Our reunited once again and we learned how each other’s pranks had turned out, with a few being put back on Happy Our this morning and others being relocated to other sail side boats. As we pulled out of the harbor, we put up our sails and traveled wind only. The huge waves allowed us to jump very high on the trampoline at the bow, which ended up getting us all wet and making us laugh hysterically. We sailed to Great Harbor, Peter Island and anchored. As lunch crept upon us, Molly told us about a double cheeseburger named “The Nap”. This giant burger contained triple layer grilled cheeses as the buns with two cheeseburgers in between. As she told us about this beast of a burger, we grew increasingly excited and we spontaneously decided to create this mystical sandwich. What followed can only be described as amazing. We had Merm create a sauce that contained a secret ingredient (Lucozade-an energy drink). Cat was on the burgers, Molly on the grilled cheeses and LoLo on the toppings. I spent the next 30 minutes running around acting as both chef and taste tester. Throughout this, a dance party was raging. We were listening to old jams and dancing and singing our hearts out. We took video blogs and blog photos during this science experiment. After a quick swim to cool off, we jumped back on the boat to a sliced burger that took up most of the plate. The taste of this creation was simply outstanding, the blend of cheese, burgers, bacon, sauce, and fresh veggies created a concoction that was both extremely delicious and satiating. After a quick clean up, we went for what was unanimously everyone’s favorite dive. It was a moonwalk dive, which involves taking off your fins and walking/jumping around. What ensued can only be described as beautiful chaos. Some people were doing backflips off one another, while others were slow-motion fighting underwater, and the rest were blowing bubble rings. The entire time, everyone was hysterically laughing which only continued on our way back to the surface. After swimming and showers, the chefs prepared a delicious Mexican meal. After, the squeeze had people talking about fictional characters that they look up to and group sing-alongs to people’s favorite songs. The night ended with the Dolphins finishing their research papers and the Neptunes studying for their certification test. This was everyone’s favorite day and it all started with a prank!
Posted: Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Spice it Up
After our long day yesterday, we were able to sleep in until 7:30! We then began our morning with delicious french toast and got our scuba gear ready for the day. Our first dive was a fun dive at the Playgrounds where one group even saw a reef shark! After the dive, we had some time to relax and reflect on our dive. Three hours later we made our way back into the water for another fun moonwalk dive. We then had a comforting lunch of mac n’ cheese. Later we boogied over to Moko Jumbie for our last Lifeworks forum. Overall today was a great day!
Posted: Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Week 2 ActionQuest BVI Video Update
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVIs for Team ActionQuest. Rescue Diver training and our Marine Bio course are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! Today over 200 members of Team AQ reached the summit of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVIs. We’re now well over half way through the trip and some of our students share what is important to them about their experience so far. #LifeActivated
Successful Hike up Mt. Sage
At 5:30 this morning we all woke up to say our farewells to our lovely shipmate Jaqi. We all went back to sleep until 6:30 am so we could gather all of our strength to conquer Mt. Sage. We ate a quick breakfast of granola bars and headed to the dock to start our hike. With our complaining carrying us up the mountain, we reached the summit a few hours later. The view was incredible and so were the banana smoothies. We made our way down the mountain and headed to the beach to eat cheeseburgers in paradise. Reluctantly, we all made our way back to the boat so we could head to Sandy Cay for our sandcastle competition. My boat made a turtle with a wine glass. The wine glass symbolized our boat’s name Happy Our. After we finished creating our amazing sand sculpture, we played in the water until the judges came by our sand turtle. We are still waiting on the results of the competition, but I think my shipmates are more focused on the Sidney’s Beach BBQ tonight.
Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Dive Dive Dive
Our relaxing day started with some warm oatmeal and stories about the many shipmates who happen to sleep talk, including myself. After a quick breakfast, we sailed over to the Pinnacles where the Neptunes completed their second fish ID dive. Each buddy group had the opportunity to explore the giant boulders covered in plants and coral with a variety of colorful fish surrounding them. Our peaceful day continued as we hung out on the boat and motored over to Shark Point to complete our final dive of the day. Rather than fulfilling a task, we swam freely through different swim throughs and even came across a spotted eagle ray. As we finished our dive and arrived back to our boat, we all cleaned off with a freshwater shower and motored over to Cane Garden Bay to enjoy our deliciously prepared peanut sauce chicken and rice. Before we end our exquisite day, we plan on watching a thrilling movie. As you can tell, today was a perfect day!