Location: Great Dog, BVI

Ahoy there from the BVI!

It is day seven for the crew abroad, the Argo, and everyone is enjoying our current tropical lifestyle. After serving a late watch from 6-7 AM, I woke the crew using the same music I use to wake up my seven y/o campers at summer camp. The crew enjoyed Cap’t Ben’s (not me) delicious chocolate muffin breakfast. “Muffin” is a loose term here, apparently – I could get used to brownies for breakfast! After breakfast, we suited up in wetsuits and SCUBA gear in preparation for a dive on “Coral Gardens.” Hopping directly off the boat, we descended 50 feet through crystal blue water towards the main attraction – the broken fuselage of a downed airplane. The dive went great for everybody, and I was able to see the vibrantly decorated Stoplight Parrotfish and Blue-headed Wrasse, the odd trunkfish, and a huge four-foot barracuda. After spending 40 minutes at depth, we returned to Argo for a delicious lunch of hummus and tuna pita pockets. After lunch, the crew ran through a fire drill, learning protocol and how to operate fire hoses and life rafts. After drills, we prepared Argo to get underway and cruised to our current anchorage of Great Harbor, off of Peter Island. I spent the time before dinner working on illustrations for my Fish I.D. book and sorting through all the pictures; I took for the trip log today. I hope you enjoy the pictures I’ve chosen! If you look carefully, you should be able to spot a barracuda, an eel, and me. After dinner, I wrote this blog and will shortly sit for our first Leadership lecture. The weather has been perfect, the views picturesque, and the crew has truly started to get to know one another. I’m excited for the adventures to come, from exploring new South American countries to our first overnight passage. Life is Great!

Until next time,

Ben S.

Dear Mom, Dad, Graham, and Family – I hope this post finds you well and lives up to expectations! I love you all.