Location: Soufriere, St Lucia
1. Live aboard Argo
2. Spend over 35 days at sea
3. Be practiced in the art of breathing underwater through use of snorkel or scuba
4. Have pruned hands/feet for more than half the day
5. Talk about water in all its forms regularly
6. Wear a swimsuit more often than regular clothes
People at home must get tired of always seeing water pictures from students aboard Argo, but in reality, our entire lives this semester have involved being on, in, or near water. Today was no exception. Waking up, we all prepped for our first time ashore here in St. Lucia. After eating breakfast and completing our cleanup jobs, most of which involve getting wet in the saltie pit or as a deckie, we were ready to head out on an island tour. Our landing on the beach from the dinghy was a wet one. Around waist deep water we clambered out and carried our bags above our heads to shore. Now having been wet and dry twice in one day all before 10 have we cruised along to our first tour stop; sulfur springs.
Upon our arrival we were told to wade in the hot spring then cover ourselves in the sulfur mud, let it dry, and finally climb back into the hot spring to wash it off. This was then followed by a fresh water rinse. In and out and in and out of the water we went all while laughing and having fun with war paint designs from the sulfur mud. A quick fresh water rinse and wrap up into a towel before we were off to the next stop Diamond Falls waterfall. Another opportunity to get wet! Actually, at this stop, we were not allowed to get in the water, though everyone wanted to swim in the falls. Still, we found ourselves near a body of water and talking about its physicality.
Barely dry from the first stop, we left the falls to head to our third stop, another waterfall. More water! And we could swim at this one! Bounding into the water, we went. The pools were maybe 3 feet deep, but this did not stop us from attempting cannon balls, splashing, and fighting to sit directly under the waterfall. We spent a good part of the early afternoon there enjoying the waters that flowed down from a local volcano. As mid day turned into the later afternoon, we headed back to the beach for dinghy runs back to Argo. Waiting for this quickly turned into most of the crew in the ocean playing chicken. We cant get enough of the water because this went on for some time before many swam back to the boat instead of taking the dinghy.
Back on board, it was time for showers. Hooray for more water! This time it is some fresh water as we soap up and rinse off. At this point it was time for passage prep and dinner, so showers concluded our aquatic expeditions for the day unless youre a saltie of deckie. An average day on Argo involves many encounters with water, but I never hear anyone complain.
Final dry/wet/dry count for the day: 9