Location: Dominica

Today started early for the crew of Ocean Star, we met our friend and guide Seacat on the dock in Roseau and drove an hour north to the Indian River where budding scientists tested the salinity and temperature of the river at different depths and locations as part of a hands on Oceanography Lab. Afterwards we dined on local fruits and fresh baked bread throughout the day as Seacat showed us the island where he was raised. During our odyssey we visited Carib Native territory, swam in a waterfall, explored plantations, rainforest and secluded beaches all the while sampling fresh local fruits picked straight from the tree by out jungle guides, we enjoyed; mango, papaya, passion fruit, sugar cane, lime, avocado, grapefruit, breadfruit, coffee, cocoa, cashews, almonds, ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass, mint and cassava. Stuffed to the gills, they sent us back to Ocean Star late in the day with warm wishes and treasured memories of an island almost completely unspoiled, and of course with armfuls of fruit. We ate a light dinner and prepared the boat to sail. As I write, students are settling in to study for an Oceanography quiz and Nautical Science midterm tomorrow.