BVI: Session 2 - Luna Kahuna
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was an exciting day since we woke up from being able to sleep in. We woke up to some new music and cleaned up our beds and by the time, we finished that, it was breakfast time. Shaun was kind enough to make us pancakes, but of course being Shaun, he added his own twist to it. Instead of putting the pancakes in a pan as he made them, he decided to throw them in the air for us to catch our food. After breakfast, we started preparing for our big day, Race Day. We came up with a game plan and decided to go with a pirate theme. Some went all out and others wore a bandanna. It was very eventful and competitive. We came in 3rd, which wasn’t ideal, but we worked as a team and tried our hardest, which in the end is what matters. When the race came to a wrap, we anchored at Norman Island and had a relaxing night. Jules made us brownies/cookies and we spent the night writing each other notes. I am sad this is coming to an end but I am so grateful for this opportunity.
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2016
VISAR: Virgin Islands Search And Rescue
Location: Road Harbor, Tortola
Yes, there have been many early mornings over on Lifeworks but this morning was rather eventful. First, I woke up to the lovely voice of Shaun singing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. Then after getting sidetracked by talking with my roommates, we had eggs and sauted veggies waiting for us in the cockpit. Shortly after that, we headed over to VISAR. Medical Supervisor Nigel talked to us about the program. After many questions, we got to work and cleaned up the area while admiring the huge orange dinghy hung up in the middle of the work space. A hard work day in the yard and the office called for some ramen noodles, which got us all, filled up and we worked hard for the rest of the day. Following the bumpy dinghy ride back home, we took another sneaky freshwater showers at the Moorings dock, in Road Town. We had a little bit of time on shore as we waited for the staff to come back with boxes of pizza. I don’t know what was in those pizza boxes but it got everyone jumping. Everyone was jumping around on the bow and impersonating animals while being videotaped. Then we finally arrived at Great Harbor at Peter Island and rafted up to the other boat and are about to start our evening program.
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2016
Location: Road Harbor, Tortola
At approximately 7:59 am this morning, I woke up to the sound of Shaun belting the words, “It is seven fifty-nine in the morning and you need to wake up. After that wake-up call, the boat gathered to put together a quick breakfast composed of cereal, chocolate milk and oatmeal. Once we finished eating our breakfast, we all transitioned into the task of loading the dinghies. Following a few minutes of childish bickering regarding who would drive the dinghy to the dock, George proved victorious and chauffeured us all to the docks for our few hours of shore time before motoring over to Road Town. During our shore time, I shared a full English breakfast with Charlie, an Englishman himself, and spoke to family and a few friends. Once we got to Road Town, we walked over to the other boat, Snow Cat, and learned more about mangroves and their importance to the local ecosystem. Once again, we loaded up on the dinghies and embarked on possibly the best and most exciting dinghy trips. Our destination for this dinghy trip was a small group of mangroves that we were trying to restore. We needed to measure the height of the mangroves, mark down the GPS coordinates of the mangrove and make sure the mangrove was alive. We then came back to our boats and indulged in our land showers. We finished the night with dinner and prepared for tomorrow’s events.
Posted: Fri, Jul 22, 2016
A Sad Goodbye To The Kids Of Jost Van Dyke
Location: Brewer’s Bay, Tortola
A long night at Sidney’s transitioned into an early morning wake-up with a sail from Little Harbor to Great Harbor in Jost van Dyke. The last day with the kids sounded like a relief for some, but soon changed as the kids loaded on the boat. We buddied up yet again and began our motor to Brewer’s Bay on Tortola. Running and screaming kids around the boat quickly woke all of us up fully and we were soon getting on the dinghy to snorkel. The older kids were going to snorkel, while being pulled behind the dinghy to look for turtles to tag. I went with my buddy to the shallow area to snorkel because he was younger. We saw a lot of different fish, but it was cut short because my buddy wasn’t feeling great. After we arrived to the boats and heard that turtling was unsuccessful, we picked up our anchor and headed back to Great Harbor. We anchored at Great Harbor and realized we only had a few minutes left with the kids. We were forced to say goodbye to the kids after such an awesome three days with them. I felt like I knew my buddy for years even though it was only a couple of days. A sad goodbye led to a bit of relief because of how exhausted we were. A quick shore time at Foxy’s and we were back on the boat off to West End. A much needed shower and dinner re-energized us, especially the surprise brownies that one of the staff members, Jules, made for us. Soon after that, we were off to bed for a much needed sleep.
Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2016
The Longest Day Of The Trip
Location: Sydney’s, Jost van Dyke
After a long evening without freshwater, we woke up bright and early to get on the dock and refill the tanks. Before we knew it, we were underway to Great Tobago with a boat full of Jost students. It was a short but bumpy ride. Once arriving, the smaller kids and their buddies went ashore to snorkel while the older ones waited on Snow Cat or as we like to call it “Snow Cone”. We then went to the 20 ft. jumping rock. It was somewhat of a struggle to get everyone up, but to see everyone having fun jumping was worth every second. After everyone got a chance to jump, we joined the smaller kids and snorkeled as well. By 2:00, we were all ready to head back to Great Harbor. Once dropping the kids back home and a thorough cleaning of the boat, we headed towards Sydney’s. Underway we all got freshwater showers to cleanse ourselves of the saltwater. By 7 pm, we were all onshore having a great time at Sydney’s. In the end, it was a great day in more than one way.