BVI: Session 1 - Panasea
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Tomorrow Will Be Another Adventure
Location: West End, Tortola
We woke up today, saddened by the reality of the last full day on Panasea. We all joined together for a simple breakfast of cereal and oatmeal. After breakfast many shipmates retreated to their cabins to pack. We then began our short sail to the Indians. It was a beautiful reef with many nooks and crannies with so much amazing life. As all of the divers returned to the boat we settled down to a quick mix matched lunch of croutons, peanut butter, and jelly. We then began our massive clean up effort on our sail over to West End. We scrubbed every surface on every part of the boat. We finished our cleaning effort in West End around 2. Then we ventured into port for some final grocery store shopping and gift hunting for our loved ones. We then returned to the boat, we cut up the Action Quest flag tonight will be a long one full of laughter, tears, and goodbyes but tomorrow will be another adventure.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011
Rain, Rain Go Away
Location: Bight, Norman Island
And so, our journey slowly comes to a close. We started our morning with some warm pancakes prepared by our lovely chefs. Once finished we set sail to Wreck Alley. Although the weather was looking a tad iffy we continued our journey to scuba dive. On our way over we had to compete with the whirling wind and flashed of rain pour. But no fear, we got there safe and sound. All of the shipmates came together to pull in the jib. When our catamaran was finally settled into our destination everyone quickly set up their dive gear. Our one lonely Neptune left us for his other voyages. The Dolphins readied their cameras for their underwater photography certification. The rescues set out on a mission to find a hidden object. Luckily the weather allowed us to have a fantastic dive and scrumptious chicken salad for lunch. Once everyone had eaten, Rescues went back underwater to continue their search for the missing object. Victory was achieved within a few minutes. Quickly after, the rescue team was introduced to their first scenario. Once all the madness was over we set sail again for the Bight. Poor Zodiac (our beloved dinghy) could not hold on any longer and let go of Panasea. Ben, the skipper of the good ship, raced to its rescue where he almost went down with the boat. But, everyone safely arrived at the Bight. We hung out for a bit while the staff left for a quick meeting. For dinner we munched on broccoli cheddar pasta. Afterwards we shared the squeeze question “what is the first thing you’re going to do when you get home.” We finally finished our evening by writing cards to everyone to log all the memories we have created over the last three weeks. This is truly the trip of a lifetime.
Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011
Its Flawless, Really Something, Its Fearless
My shipmates and I all awoke to the natural smell of rain, which fell in the night during our sleep. The plan was for us to dive all day, but due to the bad weather we had to switch our days so we headed to Roadtown. When in Roadtown we all called our loved ones, ate lunch, and shopped for souvenirs. After we had our fill of fun at port we sailed back to GHP (Great Harbor, Peter Island) and prepared to go on a wreck dive known as the Fearless. The wreck was covered with many different species of coral, sponges, and fish, and we even got to hold an arrow crab! After our dive, the Dolphins finished up our research papers and prepared for our presentations, while the Rescue divers studied for their test. The projects all of the Dolphins presented were very interesting and it was refreshing to see all of my fellow Dolphins taking such an interest in Marine Biology. As a reward for our hard work, Becca made us chocolate chip cookie brownies, yum! Today was a fun day. The squeeze question was if you were a superhero what would your powers be and why. So we learned that we would be an invisible, animal whispering, under water breathing, teleporting, time traveling, watermelon throwing team of heroes off to save our planet!
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Big Waves are LOTS of Fun
Today was another amazing day in the BVI’s. After breakfast we sailed to West End and got off the boat to stretch our legs, get some food, and look in the shops. Then we had a 2 1/2 hour sail to GHP (Great Harbor, Peter). To get to GHP we had to travel up the Drake Channel. It was very windy and the waves were all at least 4 foot with a few huge waves in between. Everyone took advantage of the big waves and gathered together on the bow to ride the waves like a roller coaster. Everyone got drenched from the waves and had a lot of fun. Once we got to GHP we set up the dive gear and jumped in the water. On the dive we saw a sting ray, lobster, and a turtle. It was amazing to watch the turtle as he glided around the reef. It was a great end to another amazing day in the BVI’s.
Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011
A Home on the Sea, Near a Sandy, Sandy Key
Having fallen asleep in the sail bag of the main sail the night before, I was not surprised by the vibrations which woke me at 6:30 sharp this morning. As I had planned according to my duty as skipper of our lady Panasea, I awoke right on time and so I ever so gingerly climbed out of the sail bag, quickly realizing the price I paid for running down the entirety of Mount Sage the day before. Upon entering the salon, I was unsettled to find the crew of our lad Panasea sound asleep and so I cranked the radio up to eleven because ten is simply not loud enough and commenced to play Pink Floyd’s masterpiece “Time.” If familiar with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” one will not be surprised by the fact that within 18 seconds the entire boat was awake. And so the crew of our lady Panasea greeted the morning with the weary legs of hitch hikers and began the day by motoring over to Sandy Key where the Dolphins went to dive the Playgrounds and the Rescues in training were to complete our 4th and final search and recovery dive. A plan had been devised, we set out from the anchor in teams of four and after our third cycle of the “u-pattern” search maneuver I spotted the missing anchor, lodged in a coral head, shining like a platinum idol. After lounging in the silent reverie of our conquest we rewarded ourselves with a lunch of top ramen noodles. Later the rescuers were allowed to dive the Playgrounds, where I was smacked in the face by a massive French Angelfish. We observed a rather large spiny lobster and marveled at the silently entrancing pillar coral. Although I was skipper today, I decided to continue my AQ tradition of preparing the annual meal of franks and beans and for the third year in a row I would like to think so at least, my sweet and spicy variation of franks and beans was a hit and was ravenously devoured by the crew. Having just recently completed the practical rescue oxygen exam, I stand here in the sort of limbo that can only be inspired by the transition that is twilight and for the sake of my mother who claims I am full of what the Romans called “stercus” I cannot help but quote Walt Whitman who reminds us that “what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”