BVI: Session 1 - Therapy
Posted: Wed, Jun 22, 2016
Waking up early from a long night of dancing and singing, we all dragged ourselves out of bed and put on our life jackets for a sail to Anegada. The boat rocking side to side with water splashing everywhere was a great way to start our long and wonderful day. We are all starting to grow as a team and family and we got all the sails up while playing some competitive games. After chowing down our PB&J, we hopped in the dinghies and started heading to shore. Not wasting time, we split into 2 groups to start the trash scavenger hunt. After awhile the short game turns into a long 4-mile walk in the hot sand. Seeing the orange tape marking the end of our walk was a life saver, with ice cream as a reward. With our tummies rumbling, we raced home and cooked our food for Mexican night, sharing many smiles and laughter.
Posted: Tue, Jun 21, 2016
Helping Kids With A View
Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Today we woke up bright and early at Mountain Point, in Virgin Gorda. We all ate a quick breakfast while underway to Leverick Bay. Once we got to Leverick Bay, we all jumped into the dinghies and headed to shore. All day, we worked at a school called Robinson O’Neil and helped build gardens for them while also interacting with the kids of the school. We played fun games with them and then, they helped us build the garden beds. The engineering of the garden beds was very hard because we had to build them on a slanted hill and keep them flat so the plants can grow properly. After all was said and done, we headed back to the boat to get ready for our first Beach BBQ with the whole fleet. All in all, today was a good day.
Posted: Mon, Jun 20, 2016
The Vast Turtle Journey
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
After a night of hard rain and gusting wind, we woke up to the soothing sound of music. After some delicious pancakes, we started our trek up to the windward side of Virgin Gorda. Upon reaching the beach, we were greeted by the amazing views and the winds of the powerful ocean. At first sight, the beach looked pristine and well kept. However, after a short exercise, we realized the beach was littered with toxic plastic and tons of waste. Then we sailed to Mountain Point, where we were all very excited to go turtle tagging. Shortly after our lunch of mac and cheese, we took our dinghies to go search for some turtles. Anticipating to catch turtles, we were sadly let down due to the fact that we failed to dive deep enough to catch the fast swimming turtles. When our appetites caught up with us, we happily ate beef stroganoff and garlic bread. After a long exciting day, we came to a halt and prepared to go to bed for a early morning.
Posted: Sun, Jun 19, 2016
We Gave The Beach A Bath
Location: Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
As the days go on, we start to see a pattern with the early mornings with the day starting at 6 again. After a slow start, we eat a quick breakfast of oatmeal and then we’re off. We take the dinghies to Spanish Town and catch a cab up to the copper mine national park. On the way, up our cab driver points out Morgan Freeman’s house, which was such a cool way to start the morning. When we’re all there, we go on a short hike down the hill that goes down to the copper mines (which consists of a chimney and a small building.) When we get down to the mine we climb over rocks that are being pounded with the waves down below us. After we’ve all gotten our fair share of the view, we head back down to the beach and start our cleanup. We manage to fill 4 garbage bags with all of the trash and plastic that we found, and then we’re on our way back down to Spanish Town. After a quick trip back to the boat, we’re granted shore time, which is a blessing for us teenagers because we get our phones back!!! We also were able to eat out, and not on the boat, which was such a nice change. When we had all eaten as much as we could, and shopped as much as our wallets let us, we were needed back on the boat so that we could go to the Baths. We quickly motored over to the baths and took the dinghies over so that we could get closer. The Baths are huge rocks that we are able to climb over, around, through, and to jump off. We took a quick walk through the rocks and ended up on the top of a huge rock, where we all proceeded to jump off it in quick succession, as it was so much fun. When everyone had jumped off the rock, we took another path to Devil’s Bay where we were able to swim back to the dinghy and jump off that. Some of the students were adventurous enough to do flips off the side, but most of just watched (and laughed when they totally flopped.) The day then started to slow down with our first freshwater shower and chili and rice for dinner. The meal was concluded with chocolate chip cookies and our first Lifeworks forum.
Posted: Sat, Jun 18, 2016
Day 4- Valley Day School
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Another early wake up at 6:00 to start the day. The dinghies were loaded with all the supplies we needed to help out the Valley Day school. As we approached the Spanish Town dock, we unloaded the supplies and packed them into Julies truck. After the truck was loaded we also hopped in and set way to Valley Day school. As we approached the school we met all the students of Valley Day and unloaded all of our supplies to start a long day of raking and cutting down trees/bushes. Some of us went inside the school to paint, while others stayed outside and cut away. After a couple hours of cutting we were given Roti (a delicious homemade tortilla with curry chicken). As we finished up eating we then went back to work. 3 o’clock came around and we were finally finished. Hot, sweaty, and happy we packed the supplies back into the truck and walked back to the dinghies. When we got back to the boat we were told that we could go to the beach for the first time, which made us extremely excited. As we got to the beach we snorkeled (saw an octopus) and also had a fun game of ultimate frisbee. We then made our way back to the boat to wash up and eat dinner. After dinner we then cleaned up and finally went to bed after a long day.
P.S: Hey mom :))))