Location: Ladder Bay, Saba
The day started off, as any good day should, with chocolate chip pancakes. We all knew during breakfast; the next few hours were going to be rough. We had to hike two mountains after doing a wet entry, aka the dinghies drop us off in the ocean near the shore because there is nowhere to approach a beach or dock. The first part of the hike was called The Ladder. The Ladder was 360 steps, and that was just the beginning of our hiking. After entering a little town called Bottom, our fearless Co-Captain Cooper found the way to the base of the actual trail hike. After completing the first 3 hour section of hiking, the group split in two. One group faced the mountain and continued to climb the slippery slope of Mt. Scenery, while the other half of the group went into town and got burgers and fries. Of course, always looking for a new adventure, I knew I had to climb the whole way up to the top of the mountain. 1064 steps all the way to the very top. We climbed through the jungles of Jurassic Park and swatted at the bugs. Finally, we made it to the top and saw the beautiful view of white clouds. Well, hiking, we had entered a cloud surrounding the very top of the mountain. At the tippy-top, we lost a water bottle and almost lost a phone. The phone was recovered; the mountainside, however, claimed the water bottle. While making our way down the mountain, Cooper slid down the trail, Jane slid off the trail, and I almost slid straight through it. Everyone made it down safe and sound, if not a bit muddy! After that adventure, we made our way down to a little town called Windward. Here is where we would meet up with the rest of the group at a very beautiful glass bead shop. (We had to climb a totally different mountain to get here though. Jo Bean hand-makes everything in her shop. She has necklaces, earrings, beads, and much more. We all got to look around and make our very own bead. Everyones bead represented him or her somehow, which was cool to see. After collecting our beads, we picked ourselves up and made our way back down the mountain to find some milkshakes and fries.
After getting a well-deserved meal, we met up with our leaders we sought out some local friends from SeaSaba Dive Center that know Ocean Star to let us hitchhike back down the road to Bottom Town. We finally made it back down the hill to Bottom, which from there, we had to climb the Ladder, back down to the ocean. After calling for pickup, we had to swim a few meters out to the dinghy. Our day didnt end there; when we arrived back home at Ocean Star, we began passage prep. We are heading back to the BVI, where we first started the trip 34 days ago. This is our last overnight passage, and it is a gorgeous night for it. The moon is so bright, and you can see so many stars. There truly is nothing like sailing underneath the stars. Shout out to my family back in Vancity! Miss you all, and see you guys soon!
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