This morning every student wrote a paragraph about some of our experiences thus far on our trip down here in the Caribbean Islands:
Once we stepped on to the Roseway the educational leader Samantha collected all technological devices. Looking back we found ourselves forgetting all about the digital world that so many of us find ourselves lost in. Many of us, addicted to our devices, found that once we were engaged in all that sailing entails, our phones were the last things on our minds. What an amazing experience to disengage from all that we are so commonly wrapped up in regarding technology.
The crew on the Roseway:
Everyone on the Roseway were really nice. They were eager to teach us and very patient. They took the time to teach us knots, how to rise/lower the sails, and work on the boat. They were also up with us at anchor watch keeping us awake by playing games with each night. Every night between the the hours of 11 pm and 5 am there were for shifts for anchor watch. They also sat with us up on the bowsprit.
The Roseway Experience:
It has been an interesting experience being on board the Roseway. I didn’t like having little food, sleep, and poor conditions, but it was fun to work with crew members and sail all around the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. It was awesome to be tech-free for days because I loved looking around at nature, and we were able to be more imaginative and creative. I went snorkeling around the British Virgin Islands and saw lots of fish and walked among solid rocks. On the boat we did something called anchor watch, where we were woken in the middle of the night and had to watch the anchor so it wouldn’t fail, but also make sure the rest of the boat was fine. The cabins were very tight and we had to flush the toilet in a certain way which was 25 times using a pump.
On St. John our cabins are dirty with no sink, but have nearby bathroom and a cold shower, Brrr! We went to do laundry since we had no access to one on the boat. We happened to run into a couple living at an old slave plantation/ sugar mill. The couple was very nice. We went into Cruz Bay, a town and ate BBQ food had the best smoothies ever! We shopped at Dolphin Market for food which was interesting. The taxis are like safari buses without doors, and passenger seats are covered with a top.
The boat experience for going snorkeling was amazing. We had to take out the small boats that can go to the dock. We went snorkeling in a cave on Norman Island. We saw a lot of coral reefs and fish, and also a bunch of rocks around the cave. Some of us had life jackets on and others were able to swim far. It was so much fun and we had a wonderful time swimming with the different sea creatures and swimming with the Roseway crew.
On our last day on the Roseway we went on a hike on Spyglass Hill on Normal Island. Since the Roseway is a big boat, we had to use a motor boat to travel to the shore where we would begin the hike. When we got there we soon began our hike, while some decided to stay back at the beach. While on our hike we saw a really cool caterpillar that was crawling on the path. We also saw hermit crabs, with some having really big shells. We soon came upon a beautiful view of the ocean and waves crashing down on the rocks. The water was very clear closer to shore, and became darker blue the further out to sea. The landscape and the view of the ocean reminded me a lot of California. As we continue our hike up we saw another spectacular view of the bay where our boat was anchored. There were many boats and tall hills, with multi-million dollar homes, as well as the clear, blue water of the Caribbean. Every part of the hike was enjoyable, and it was a great way to end our trip on the Roseway.
Cinnamon Bay Campground:
The camp ground while lacking in amenities that some people are #Greg #wrekt. The beach is wonderful. I took some people out to swim during the night and it was amazing, very little light pollution allowed us to see the stars very clearly. The sea was also very calm as well.
Room report from Charlie Brown the Lizard:
After checking the corners of the room that the large, albeit stupid humans are currently occupying, I can safely say that the ants and the other bugs that the larger, tanner human (in an act of stupidity that I found deplorable, even for a human) let in during the day are now finally dead. While I don’t really mind the extra food, I’d prefer if this “Clark” would halt his foolishness, before I grow too fat and sedate to hunt on my own.
When we were doing laundry we met a really nice women named Mrs.Jones. She owns land which use to be a sugar mill plantation. Now there is nothing but ruins. Mr. and Mrs. Jones let us come to their house to check it out and learn some interesting history and how it worked. We took some pretty neat pictures of the ruins and I for one was pleased and thankful that they were nice enough to let us come on their property and view the ruins in their background.
We all went to Cruz Bay where we enjoyed delicious smoothies and met Thomas our smoothie expert! We also enjoyed our time with walking the town. There was fantastic fruit that was being sold at food stands. Before we left, we went to the food market, Dolphin, where we grabbed food for midnight snacks.