BVI: Session 2 - Joie de Vivre
Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011
The Mystery of the Climb to the Cheeseburger
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
We woke up at 5:30 today and did the daily routine. We started the hike (climb) to the top of Mt. Sage to rain, but afterwards the weather was great. It was a beautiful and hard climb, but then again what’s worth anything if it’s easy? After the hike down we searched for the mysterious cheeseburger in paradise. When we got back to the boat we motored to Sandy Cay and then built a sand castle. Ours was the Eiffel Tower with our boat name on the side. Then we perfectly executed a docking at Sidney’s Peace and Love restaurant, where we are now going to the dance floor.
Posted: Wed, Jul 20, 2011
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
At 7am the Vegas dinghied to the dive boat to complete their dive certifications. After completing the certs we arrived back at our own boat. I aided Craig with lunch preparation and didn’t feel well, so I rested and slept for the rest of the day. What I know from the rest of the day is that everyone got certification cake, and Jess was kind enough to take my spot at the helm. Everyone had dinner and a sail chat. I’m feeling better now and we’re all very excited for tomorrow’s hike.
Posted: Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today we had a great sunny day. Our day started with a breakfast which was cooked by Carles and Nathan. Afterwards we had sailing skills with Craig. During this time we were divided in two groups. While one group was with Craig the other group just chilled. When we finished at 9:45 we then went sailing. The Vega group had fun doing their dive. They did some cool activities underwater. Meanwhile our group, the Carinas, were doing our deep dive and it was also fun. We wanted to see a nurse shark but we didn’t find it. After we lunch, a nice soup. When we finished our following activity was watersports. We all had a great time. Finally our rotation day ended with the Picos. This was one of the best parts of the day. Layne and Craig had a race which was super fun. After our rotation day we sailed to the island called Tortola. When we arrived we changed clothes and got ready to go to the island and have the BBQ. Once we arrived to the beach we all got wet because the dinghy couldn’t leave us in the sand and we had to jump in the water. Nevertheless we had a great time there. Everybody was there and we had a good time. We came back and had our best shower to end the day and we had the squeeze and the squeeze question was which is your favorite movie. Finally we all ended up chilling in the boat.
Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2011
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
After a night of wind in Marina Cay, I awoke to staff member Anna tapping me trying to wake me up. I had to gather all of my shipmate’s sheets and pillowcases. I was on my own for this because the staff members had a meeting to attend. After a delicious breakfast of french toast, we had about an hour to ourselves before we left to sail. We practiced all the points of sail for two hours, taking turns on the helm. We arrived at Trellis Bay around 1pm and ate a fantastic meal of chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks. We went through a few stores and I bought three new tshirts, 2 of which are tank tops, my new favorite clothing. We left promptly at 3. We anchored in Muskmelon Bay and had a refreshing salt water shower. Once this was over Craig, Michael, and I initiated the boat buddies and made a secret handshake. Everybody is jealous of us because we so cool! We at chilli for dinner and Mike came to visit us. We did another Lifeworks activity with postcards.
Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2011
A Dogs Dive With A Trip To A Deserted Island
Location: Marina Cay
An early wakeup call was enforced at 6:30am to allow us time to motor out of Mountain Point and arrive at Great Dog for 8:15. For all the Vegas on our boat we dove our second open water dive at the Dogs while the Carinas dove the Chimneys and Emily, our Quest, snorkeled around the Dogs. We all returned to the boat after exciting dives to find that “Mama Anna” had made us all pancakes for a mid-morning snack. It was now time for all of us to have a boat appreciation session. This included a full deckie, cleaning the galley, salon, heads, cabins, and a clean of our dinghies Cupcake and Burban. After an hour of cleaning we all enjoyed a Hibiclens shower just before lunch. A few squalls prevented our immediate departure, but we soon set sail to Marina Cay. It was a bumpy sail but eventually we arrived in port, well, a small island with a shop, a hotel, and a restaurant. We were allowed one hour ashore where we could call our parents, go to the shop, and get an ice cream. Craig then picked us up and took us to our anchored boat for the night. We had an hour chill time before the squeeze and dinner, which was delicious! After cleanup all 182 students within ActionQuest were sent to the small island to have a Lifeworks session. Mike did the session and we listened to a very motivational speech by Jim Tuman. Overall it was a very enjoyable day and we are all looking forward to tomorrow because of the return of our laundry!