Location: Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
As our first full day comes to an end in Falmouth Harbour, I can hardly keep my eyes open. 7 am wake up call, three stuck anchors, and 21 strangers. After our sleepy breakfast and unfamiliar clean up, we took a little two-hour hike through the Antiguan tropical desert terrain down to these awesome tide pools. We found lots of marine life, including hermit crabs, stone crabs, as well as some fish nurseries. Once we returned to the boat, we had lunch and prepared to move to the schooner to the fuel dock. We had some difficulties pulling up the anchor. One of our scuba instructors, Steve, had to jump in the mucky harbor to see what was the issue. He discovered that both anchors were stuck on old lines left behind from other boats. Once the port side was free and we started to hoist the starboard we saw the real culprit, we had hooked another anchor, and somehow Steve magically set it free. Once all of that chaos was over, we started to talk about scuba diving and were given our books to prepare for our open water certifications, and those doing the advanced diving course. Today was filled with hardly any sleep, lots of sweaty underwear, but smiles on everyone’s face. Bring on day 3.