Jul 29, 2011
Location: Nelson’s Dock Yard, Antigua
This morning we awoke well rested, rejuvenated and ready to plunge into an academically inclined day. After a delicious breakfast of oatmeal we headed down below for back to back classes of Oceanography and Coastal Navigation. Several hours later we reemerged on deck, overflowing with knowledge and craving a delicious scoop of local ice cream. Mid-afternoon we gathered back and discovered that two Personal Flotation Devices had deployed because the squall had soaked us to the bone. Bursting with laughter we prepared to embark on our latest science adventure hike through tide pools and up to Shirley Hill. Well trained in the art of hiking, the crew scaled the mountain side almost as if wings had been attached to our shoes, however not quite so skillfully as the local ninja-goats. As we walked the last several meters to our summit, some of the crew began noticing canips (a local fruit that is similar in taste and texture to lychee) shells along the path. Intrigued, we followed their trail to the source. As soon as the first fruit could be spotted hanging off of tree branches, everyone’s eyes light up with excitement and the anticipation of tasting the sweet yet tart flavors of our new favorite fruit. The first sailors to reach the tree climbed up to the farthest of branches and began tossing clusters of canips to everyone below ready to catch them. Within five minutes, our pockets, backpacks and every other vacant niche had been stuffed to the point of overflowing with this delicious fruit. After returning to the boat and hosing off all of the salt and sweat from ourselves, the group dynamic has grown slightly more tense as we prepare to give academic presentations on previously assigned topics. Without the full scale of resources available to us, everyone has had to adapt their style of work and we are all very excited to see the outcome.