BVI: Session 3 - Odyssea
Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2011
Location: West End, Tortola
I woke up today and realized I was skipper. We had an early start today waking up at 6:15. We quickly ate our glorious breakfast of cereal and oatmeal and I ate it in a semi-comatose state since I got wet during the night rains. Anyhow, we made our way to our last dive site of the summer, called the Indians, don’t ask me why its called that. The dive itself was pretty awesome. We saw a very diverse range of fish from trumpet fish to trunk fish. One of them is long and thin and the other one is very globular. I hope you can guess which is which! when we surfaced we were met by a rain of food which was left over, including but not limited to peanuts of the dry roasted variety, maple syrup as well as one egg! After resubmerging (to clean all the debris off) we made a quick get away from confused onlookers. On the way to West End we did our biggest boat appreciation yet, starting at 9:30 and it’s still going on now around me at 1:30! We’ve had to pack all our stuff up as well as what feels like cleaning every surface anywhere on the boat… at least twice with bleach then Pinesol inside and after the scrubby bubbles on deck. And all the while we were quite toasty from the sun. So after having a quick lunch, paid for by yours truly’s cabin, consisting of 4 large pizzas we are going back to shore. I’ll miss of this: the weather, people, and great diving. Signing out for the last time, Ollie.
Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Good ’til the Last Drop
This morning everyone was up bright and early in order to devour the chocolate chip pancakes made for us by Hanna, Israel, and Will. They were amazing! After breakfast and cleanup, we had the choice to dive the Fearless wreck with Meghann or go extreme kneeboarding with Kris. Everyone wanted to dive except for me, Oly, and Shane. We all did some incredibly extreme kneeboarding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding, and my failed attempts to wakeskate on a kneeboard. We did 360’s and 720’s inside and outside of the wake, did a few jumps, and took some awesome and painful wipeouts. It was definitely the most extreme kneeboarding session of the entire summer. As soon as we got back to Odyssea it was time to set sail and head to Road Town, the capital of the BVI. We sailed the entire way and anchored without turning on the engines. Before going on shore, we spent some time cleaning the boat. We got two hours of shore time which we spent getting lunch, shopping, eating ice cream, hanging out with friends on other boats, and calling home to check in. After leaving Road Town we attempted to sail for the last time this summer, causing our last sail to be pretty boring. Rachael and I bought a weave at the department store at Road Town. While Meghann and Kris were at a staff meeting we put it in their medicine cabinet in their head. When they got back, Kris went to get his razor, found the weave, and freaked out. It was hysterical. Now everyone has settled down and we’re getting ready to write all of our cards to each other. Everyone’s so sad and none of us are ready to leave, this has been an amazing trip.
Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011
Kissing Wrecks and Procrastination
Another day in paradise. It started with a wake up call at 6:45 am by the hilarious song of “Yay Toast!” It is an impossibly annoying song that somehow wakes up cranky teenagers and makes us laugh. Yes, parents and all loved ones, your teenagers were not only awake at 6:45 but were responsive. Anyway, the cooks today did a wonderful job starting with great french toast. After a long clean up we set off to the Kissing Wrecks. The sail was beautiful but some of us could not enjoy it because our research projects are due today. Yay for procrastination! We all took a break for our first dive of the day. We were all very proud of Hanna today because for the first time she navigated us back to the boat without getting horribly lost. Hanna and I did a ballroom dance underwater to celebrate. Everyone enjoyed the dive. Our second dive took us to the actual kissing wrecks which are two boats very close together. Apparently they were purposely sunk together. It was 80 feet deep and another great dive. The rest of the day was filled with sailing, sunbathing, and research projects. As the doom of presenting approaches I can’t help think “its just another day in paradise.”
Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Guts n’ Stuff
So when we woke up today we went to this place called Painted Walls. I’m a Dolphin, so my group and I were very frustrated because we hadn’t seen the fish we were studying in any dive site yet. We’re studying jawfish but we couldn’t find them until today. We got good notes now though so we’re happy. Next we headed out to West End and ate food and bought souvenirs. I think I spend nearly all my money for the day on conch fritters because of their deliciousness.
Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011
We got up around 7:30 so we could get as many dives in as we could. We went to Shark’s Point first which had awesome coral and a drop off. Then we went to the Playgrounds where Dolphins did a research dive for their projects and Neptunes had a free dive. After our dive we sailed off to Sandy Spit where the beach BBQ will happen. We anchored and Kris took whoever wanted to go scuba diving again to the Playgrounds and the rest just stayed on the boat and relaxed. The group came back all excited. They said they saw a 5 foot black tip reef shark! It was a great dive. Tonight is the beach BBQ and it’s going to be so much fun!