BVI: Session 2 - Grand Cru

Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011

The Hike

Location: Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
Author: Tierney B.
Today we woke up early to hike up Mt. Sage. When we got to the dock it started pouring but once we started hiking up the steep mountain we dried off quickly. Some of us ran up the mountain, two of picked up coconuts and took our time. It was tiring but when we reached the top we had a beautiful view of the island. We trekked down and had cheeseburgers and got a bunch of cake mix from the store. Now we can have a cake each night. After our time on shore we sailed to Sandy Cay and had a sand castle making contest. We made a hot dog with a person in the middle. We finally left Sandy Cay and our now going to Sidneys Peace and Love for a BBQ. Its going to be a blast!

Posted: Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Another Day in Paradise

Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Author: Nico A.
As the days go by it seems to be closer to the end, but we must live in the present. Today we had a very nice calm sail that everyone enjoyed tanning and sleeping on the trampoline. After that the boat was divided between Neptunes and Dolphins and we both had work to do. The Dolphins worked on their marine biology projects while the Neptunes had a lecture. Since I am a Dolphin I worked on my project about jawfish which are little fish that camouflage with the sand. The project is kind of stressful, but it is turning out great. Its hard to say to say but another day is coming to a close.

Posted: Tue, Jul 19, 2011

You Never Know What You Have Until It’s Gone

Location: Summer’s Beach, Tortola
Author: Adrienne S.
People around me have always told me that you never know what you have til its gone. The part they don’t mention is the experience you gain when you’re away from everything that was once taken for granted. I miss my parents, my brothers, my best friend and all the people I’m used to. I miss showers with flowing water where I can sing to myself. Being here, my bed that I share with my fellow shipmates has made me realize that although I may miss those “things” I have become accustomed to my new family and life here on Grand Cru. We may have chores to do every day but at the end of the day everyone says “love ya’ll” and mean it! Today was a relaxing day. The Dolphin group started their first research dive while the Neptunes relaxed and went water skiing. After lunch Dolphins went turtle tagging. For this three people are pulled by a rope connected to a dinghy while snorkeling. Hope was almost lost until Pablo came back to the boat with a Green turtle. About two foot long with a shell that was a tie dye pattern of dark greens, browns, and turquoise. The day ended with a beach BBQ. Something interesting is that there were no grills. Instead our burgers and hot dogs were grilled in between the crevasses of the huge rock formations. Now it has become dark and we are ending our day laying underneath the stars. So far tonight we have spotted 2 shooting stars. Its incredible to think about this but what comforts me is looking up at the night knowing my mom is looking at the same sky, same moon, and same stars. I’ll wake up tomorrow like every other morning and realize I’m on a boat. That this is real but I can’t fathom the feeling I will have once I’m home and wake up not on this boat with these people I’ve grown so close to. We’ve become a family. We love, support, help, argue, disagree, and forgive in the way every family should.

Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2011

Eagle Rays and a Wreck

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Tillie C.
Destination: Chikuzen: 4 degrees for 10.4 miles. Destination: Muskmelon Bay: 206 degrees for 9.2 miles. Today we woke later than usual because of a staff meeting and ate french toast with just the shipmates. It was awesome especially after last night. We spent the majority of the day sailing to the Chikuzen and beating other boats. The Chikuzen was not calm and not surrounded by very visible land, like our dive was right in the middle of the water and was very rough. Once we were down it was much calmer with a ton of openings to look through and it was really interesting inside the ship. We saw 2 huge eagle rays and a barracuda. Tonight we completed our final certification for our night dives and were welcomed by clean laundry! We shared the boat with some Odyssea shipmates. We are all relaxing in our clean clothes right now. Overall, it was a good day.

Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2011

Diving in Wonderland

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Caroline W.
Today we woke up bright and early for some yummy pancakes (thank you Matt and Adrienne). Then we were off and sailed to Ginger Island for an awesome dive at a site called Alice in Wonderland. We all dove as a big group, Neptunes and Dolphins together. After we broke down our gear we sailed over to Marina Cay to fill up on fresh water. Once that was done we were underway again. We arrived at Trellis Bay after lunch and hung out on land for about two hours. Everyone got to buy snacks, cool drinks, souvenirs, and hang out with their friends from other boats. Then, once all our shopping in the steamy sun was over, we headed back to Marina Cay. After we anchored the chefs started on dinner and the showers began. When we were all clean we chilled on deck for a while. Then we had a nice tortellini dinner where we all got a chance to relax from another action packed day! Now we’re all waiting around until we have to go on shore for a Lifeworks forum. Hope everyone’s having an awesome summer cuz we definitely are!

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