BVI: Session 1 - Therapy
Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Turtles And Lionfish
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
We woke up in the Caribbean! I mean how incredible is that? We really shouldn’t take that for granted but now everyone has gotten used to it (most people can’t say that, we’re pretty lucky!) Anyways, everyone was pleased with a simple breakfast of cereal and yogurt after eating all large breakfasts for the past couple of days. After breakfast, we motored from Muskmellon Bay to Great Camanoe Island. When we got there we got chose boats to go turtling, most people wanted to be in the small Sunsail dinghy because it only carries four people so everybody gets to snorkel at once, while everyone on the Shadow dinghy has to take turns turtling (four at a time). When everyone got situated into their boats, both dinghies drove to a cave where a loud monster lives! With each swell, a deep growling noise rose from the cave’s depths. The cave was beautiful and so were all the big brown-grey rocks that surrounded it. Finally, we were ready to turtle, and the driver threw out the line and four people grabbed on. The boat dragged us along while we buried our faces in the clear ocean, where we saw beautiful and colorful reefs and really interesting fish! One of us saw a huge turtle! We didn’t go after it because it was too big and too deep. When we came back to the boat we were all pretty tired and ready for a snack break, so we all ate some gorp Avery made – she’s the master gorp maker. Once we were done, we got ready to look for Lionfish! Lionfish are an invasive species that are ruining the reefs here. They have 18 venomous spines that you should not touch, but if you do, you’ll be in terrible pain for a good four hours. But the fish are ruining the reefs by eating all the fish on the reef and then moving to another one until all the reefs are destroyed which would be terrible.
We all got on Shadow and went out to a reef and snorkeled all together and looked for the Lionfish, and after only about 15 minutes Stephanie and Alex found a Lionfish that was hiding under a rock. All the students had to go back to the boat and we left BZ to stay with the fish, and Shawn went back to BZ with a spear gun and speared it. When they brought it back we dissected the Lionfish and learned all about it, and we found another fish inside its throat, it was so goofy! After that, a small group of people went with Shawn and BZ to snorkel, it was really beautiful! When we came back, we rushed to the showers and sailed to Sommers Beach for a barbecue with Action Quest. We ate and walked on the beach, then we came back and danced and had a ton of fun!!
We miss you guys so much!! I hope you’re all having fun where you are ’cause we are 🙂 !
Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
We started the morning with the responsibility of cooking breakfast alone without the staff. We then headed to Guana Island where we spent 30 minutes zooming around on dinghies and looking for a cave that wasn’t even there. After the failed hunt, we started assembling small sailboats, called Picos, and prepared for the long day ahead. For the first 10 minutes or so, controlling the Picos was very difficult. Me and Megan fell off our boat at least 10 times before getting the hang of it. A little later, I went out with Katja and with great teamwork we managed to break the mast base, but couldn’t help but laugh the entire time as we fell into the water with a snap. Then Shaun started taking out small groups of people to do water skiing and wake boarding while BZ cooked quesadillas for lunch. After a long day of sailing and water activities, we sat down in the cockpit together and enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal cooked by Avery and Sydney. As if that wasn’t enough, our chefs decided to bake brownies for dessert. We are now all looking forward to getting some sleep after this fun-packed day.
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Red Red, Pointy Head
Location: Marina Cay
Waking up to the smell of Anna’s chocolate chip pancakes, we started the day content. After breakfast, we set sail from Anegada, heading to Beef Island to go mangrove tree monitoring. Before hiking to the work site, Shaun taught us a bit about why Mangroves are important and why we need to protect them. We also learned how to recognize which ones are which with 3 sayings; “Red red, pointy head, black black, salty back”, and “White white, sweet delight”. After a hike in the heat, we measured and recorded the location of several new trees that were planted the year before and planted new ones in place of the dead trees. Upon our return to Therapy, we quickly moved to Marina Cay to shower, eat tortellini, and attend a forum with ActionQuest. At this gathering, every boat in the AQ program came and listened to a tape recording of Jim Turner, which talked about living in the moment and not taking things for granted. After, we took the dinghies back to Therapy and we went to bed.
Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2016
Times Never Felt So Good
Could you have ever thought that the song, Circle of Life, from The Lion King would have awoken you? I didn’t think so till this morning when the loud, upbeat music rung over and over in our ears. After a quick breakfast, we drove in our dinghy to the island of Anegada where we would spend our morning at the Anegada Rock Iguana Headstart Facility where iguanas lurked in every corner, excited by the arrival of seventeen boys and girls. With the hot sun shining intensely on our skin, we cleaned the iguanas’ food and water bowls and cleaned the perimeter of the facility, whether it meant cutting down trees or simply collecting trash. Lastly, we concocted iguana salad, made by Omar as he meticulously chopped vegetables. Afterwards, we took a taxi, driven by Rondel, to the Big Bamboo Restaurant where we ate delicious burgers and chicken tenders. We finished off this exciting day with an afternoon on the beautiful, clear water beach. Some went snorkeling while some stayed on the beach and played an intense game of volleyball. Those who went snorkeling swam through caves and saw species of fish for the first time such as the Palometa and the Dog Snapper. After the exhausting, yet rewarding day, we had a delicious, gourmet dinner, grilled cheese. The day ended with laughter as Grayson and Jaden danced ridiculously to the song Single Ladies, sung by Beyonce. Overall, the day was filled laughter and hard work as us students came together as one.
Posted: Thu, Jun 23, 2016
“To live is a rare thing, for most people exist”, Oscar Wilde.
A quote, a quote of many meanings, the meaning of uncertainty and wonder. Lifeworks, a community revolved around helping the community and “living” are some of the few collaborations that celebrate living. As the clouds gave way for the moon to rise and the sun to emerge, we woke up to a classic song played daily, to help us wake up. The day began slow with our sleepy, zombie-like bodies emerging on deck to eat our cereal. Through two journeys on our dingy, Shadow, we made our way to the dock, and through a bumpy ride in wilderness and flat jungle-like terrain, we made our way to our destination. Today’s goal was to tag turtles and collect data for multiple organizations that could use this data for good work. Our first boat came in with a colorful turtle, a green turtle. After a long examination, we put the turtle aside and began to send other candidates for turtles. Eventually a plethora of turtles emerged on our padded examination table, where we collected the data, and hurried out again on the dinghy to return these creatures to the place they call home. This is, funny enough, our home as well – The Sea. As they jumped and moved their flippers to quickly escape us, they swam away into the reflecting turquoise water with white sand for which we held enough wonder to plunge our heads into the water. We quickly made our way home to our rocky boat and with enough hunger and grumbling in our stomachs, we decided to eat and eventually “squeezed”.