Written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Emily Graf
July 1, 2017
Today, we woke up at beautiful Diamond Cay. We got to sleep in and have a nice easy breakfast. After breakfast, we headed to shore on Jost Van Dyke. We met up with the rest of fleet and had a lesson on sea grasses. This was really interesting because the day before we saw a lot of sea grass when we were snorkeling for turtles. After our lesson, we headed on a hike to the bubbly pools. The bubbly pools are a spot where the water from the sea comes into a small little pool and forms bubbly water at high tide. We spent a little time checking out the views and sitting in the bubbly pool before we headed back to boats.
Once reconvened, we had a little snack before we set out to look for some more turtles to tag. We snorkeled for a while and saw some but they were too quick for us to capture and release today. After being in the water for a while, we became pretty hungry so we made some greek pitas sandwiches to continue fueling us through the day.
Our first destination for the day was the most beautiful Sandy Cay. This island is so gorgeous with white sandy beaches and tall palm trees. We went on another small hike around the island where we saw lots of birds and hermit crabs. After the hike, we hung out on the beach the rest of the day and played in the sea and on the beach. We snorkeled and relaxed — it was a perfect sunny day!
When we left the beach, we headed right over to Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. We showered, cleaned up the boats, and headed to shore for a fun dinner and social at the local restaurant Sydney’s Peace & Love. We ate BBQ Chicken with rice and beans, coleslaw, pasta salad, and fruit salad. We loved the local shops and lots of us got our hair braided and bought fun tshirts. After dinner, we got milkshakes and ice cream to top it all off. We headed back to our boats with full bellies and lots of smiles.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.