July 13, 2016
Today, we woke up at the Bight on Norman Island after a drizzly, windy night on the mooring ball. We were a little tired, but rallied after some breakfast buffet and as many bagels as we could eat! After breakfast, we hiked up the trail on Norman Island to the helipad where we could see out over the BVI and USVI on the east side, and the never-ending Atlantic Ocean of the west side. We hiked with the Alpha adventure fleet and played some rousing games of Oh Captain, My Captain, and The Wind Blows! We headed back down to the beach for games, including a fun marine biology game that taught us about fish and their resources.
Once we came back to our boat, we discovered that Cheesy John III, our inflatable dolphin that we won in the cannonball contest the day before, had been apprehended by Venture, a boat within the Alpha fleet. Over lunch, we discussed our strategy for rescuing Cheesy and we are waiting for the perfect time to put it into action!
After lunch, we invited the Alpha fleet over for a Coral Ecology lesson before we snorkeled at the Indians. The snorkel was incredible! We spent 20 minutes in a small eddy behind the rocks and swam with a school a fish and practiced our free diving. We saw some beautiful elkhorn coral and many, many fish that looked exactly like Dory!
The day commenced with some pasta and Bolognese sauce, plus some excitement during our Whip & Nae Nae contest! Ciaran, one of our staff mates, won!
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.