Location: Sandy Spit, BVI

Today we all woke up with the strange realization that it was day 78. Though we were shocked and saddened by the recognition that our trip is coming to an end, it didn’t slow down the crew’s pace. We began by moving to Jost Van Dyke to meet Susan at Foxy’s. Susan is the head of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society, and we were going to help her by doing a small bit of service. We helped clean the jib for a sloop they had built on the island, as well as cleaning, sanding, and painting their dinghy. The Preservation Society uses that boat to offer day sails as a way of collecting funds that can then be used in the conservation of Jost and others of the British Virgin Islands. They also use the sloop for their research. When we weren’t working, we enjoyed throwing the rugby ball back and forth and playing a little bit of Frisbee. We also had the pleasure of meeting Foxy himself and listening to him sing. It was really nice to be able to spend the day with everyone and just mess around while doing something for the community at the same time. After we came back and had lunch, we packed quickly and took a dinghy to the beach to put the idea of leaving out of our minds and simply enjoy our surroundings. I found the day to be extra enjoyable because the five girls on the trip all took the first dinghy over, and we built sandcastles and did cartwheels and headstands until it was time to come back and shower. Today was a great fun-filled day, where we all appreciated one another and the incredible experience we have been fortunate enough to be a part of.