Location: West End, Tortola
Now that waking up at seven is considered sleeping in, today was no problem. Except for the underlying fact that today was our last day together as a boating family. The hike was steep, but when we got to the top, it was all worth it. The 360 view was a good conclusion to the adventures we had and the lasting experiences we hold as memories. After reading the goals we had set in the beginning, it was clear we accomplished each, due to everyone’s smiles as they read their writing from 20 days before with the feeling it was from forever ago. Torin then talked to us, which is a talk we will always keep in mind. Once we returned home to Spindrift II, the harsh reality set in that we had less than 24 hours together. After getting underway, we began the long process of moving out of our house to return to our old one. After arriving and docking at West End, we continued the long cleaning process which we all worked together equally to complete. After shore time, we began prepping for the BBQ and a talk with Mike about the programs and what we learned here. The final squeeze question (a nightly dinner ritual) was if you could go back to one thing on this trip what would you go back too. Overall everyone wanted to return to the times we worked best together, and when they found who they are and how they can change to make a difference. This trip has changed us all, and the fact is I don’t ever want to leave, and many of my shipmates agree, but all good things must come to an end, and this is only the beginning to the new horizon we can now see. I would not give these memories up for anything, not one laugh or moment where everyone was engaged in some crazy conversation on a never-ending topic. If anything there’s only one thing I regret, and that’s simply blinking and missing a single moment.