BVI: Session 1 - Vivo Libre

Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2011

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Author: Andrew M.
Today was an early day, waking up at 5:30. We had a quick bowl of cereal and headed off for our morning hike. The hike started at around 7:30 and within half an hour everyone was tired. The walk started at around a 45 degree angle, and after the first 45 minutes it slowly started to flatten out and the hike became more manageable. The hike had many beautiful views along the way, but by far the most beautiful part was the view from the overlook at the top of Mt. Sage. By this time we were all worn out so we decided to buy some drinks; the most popular were banana smoothies and Fantas. Then after this refreshing break we began our descent back to Cane Garden Bay. When we arrived we all went out to lunch. Dishes varied from spaghetti Bolognese to cheese pizzas, but we enjoyed it all. After lunch we walked around town for a little while and then returned to our boats. After a twenty minute motor ride we arrived at Sandy Cay. Here all the boats came ashore and spent an hour creating sand sculptures. Our boat created the hang loose sign, but other designs varied from a dolphin to a sand car. With sand in our pants we headed back to our boat for one of our favorite times of the day, shower time. We all enjoyed a dip in the cool Caribbean and getting out of the sun. Right now we are heading over to Sydney’s to have dinner at tonight’s BBQ/dance party. We are all having a great time!

Posted: Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Fun Filled Day

Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Author: Natalie H.
Today we went scuba diving first thing in the morning. We finally became certified! Now we can go scuba diving whenever we want, as long as we have a buddy- safety first! We went waterskiing and Picoing today, which was awesome. We got to do laundry today for the first time. Now my clothes are clean and they smell fresh, yay! After laundry we sailed to Cane Garden Bay. While sailing we learned some navigation techniques, which were very interesting/cool to learn about. Tonight for dinner we had Thai chicken with brown rice, which was delicious. I can’t wait for tomorrow when we go to port/have a reggae party- woohoo! And we get to climb a mountain tomorrow, I cannot wait!

Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2011

A Cloudy Day That Ends With Sommer’s

Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Author: Emily B.
Today we spent all day at Muskmelon Bay. We woke to strong winds, dark clouds, and rain- not particularly the best weather- but the storm soon passed (though the clouds never completely dissipated). For breakfast we ate scrambled eggs and blueberry muffins- always a favorite. We started our day of activities with a relaxing scuba dive, and then proceeded with a wakeboarding/waterskiing session. For lunch Tess and Noah cooked up a fabulous lunch of tortilla soup- Andy’s favorite meal. Everyone really enjoyed it! After lunch we crafted nautical sailor bracelets called Turk’s Heads with Anna. Some of us had more difficulty than others but it all worked out in the end. Following bracelets we headed back to our own boat to learn about the dangers of plastics and their direct effect on sea turtles (because Lifeworks was tagging turtles today). A little later we motored over to Sommer’s Beach for the fantastic beach BBQ! Everyone loves a good beach BBQ because we get to hang out with friends from other boats (and there are no dishes to do!) Overall it was a great way to end a relaxed day in the Caribbean.

Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2011

Sail Day

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Josh S.
Today was one of the most eventful days aboard the Vivo Libre. Last night’s Lifeworks session really contributed to the attitudes and clear friendships of all of the shipmates today, including myself. Once I woke everyone up I knew everyone was hungry and I had to be the hungriest. After an amazing french toast breakfast we were given the opportunity to call home and speak to our parents. It was a good feeling to speak to our loved ones and find out what’s been happening around the house. Others even called some very important people they hadn’t spoken to for over six months. Once they heard a hello from the other end of the phone the tears began to fall. I was quickly at their side comforting them and showing I can be a caring and genuine guy. After the sad tears turned into ones of happiness we set sail for Muskmelon. I was nervous to take control of the 50 foot yacht. I finally figured out the points of sail and I will definitely be able to pass my sailing practical with some relief. Tonight we had chili and rice which was pretty awesome. I couldn’t really come up with a question that hadn’t been asked already, and all I could think of was soccer, so I asked “what is your favorite extracurricular activity?” I know it is cheesy, but it worked out fine.

Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2011

Dive to Port

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Caroline R.
We woke up at 6:30. We arrived at the dive site and ate breakfast. We had cereal, very good cereal. I’m a Quester, so I went snorkeling with Andy. He kept saying “hi pretty fishie.” We snorkeled over trenches, and I have never seen so many blue fish. I can’t help thinking how much I am going to miss this place. Before I start crying, I have to say, swimming over divers is so fun. I played with their bubbles and free dove to 15 feet! We had Ramen noodles for lunch. Then we sailed to port at Marina Cay. I docked successfully. Everyone went sugar crazy. We had another one of our favorite dance parties! I’m loving it! I will cry a lot on the last day, because we have become a family.

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