Sierra 1 Trip Update Day 17 – Graham, Program Director
Today was an amazing day! At 6:00 a.m. the staff moved the boat off docks and quietly headed for the Baths as the students slep belowdecks. When the crew awoke, they found themselves in a new place. The Baths are enchanting. Renowned for their smooth giant granite rocks that have been weathered by the ocean for thousands of years, they form an elaborate maze of beautifully sculpted grottoes and pools. Shandy, an instructor on the Foxtrot fleet, joined us to spend the day sailing with us and teaching Sierra about the wonderfully mysterious presence of the boulders. Located on an active oceanic plate made of basalt, the origin of the rocks is a complicated story of time, volcanic action, and giant shifts in tectonic plates.
After our lesson we got to do the Hikel (half hike, half snorkel)! We hiked through the rocks to get to Devils Bay, then snorkeled our way back to the place we started, leaping into the water off a 10′ boulder called Jump Rock as we went. After we got back we started to head back to boats, swimming out to where our dinghy was moored since no motors are allowed near the beach. When we had finished lunch, we headed off to Marina Cay to rendezvous with the divers and enjoy our second to last dive of the program. When the divers all returned, it was time to heat it up with some chili while the crew showered and worked on their course projects. When dinner was ready at 7 p.m., we were all ready to eat it: never before have the students so eagerly finished such a delicious pot of chili! We all ate more than we should have. When all was cleaned and put away, we sat down for a boat meeting. This boat meeting was a little different than usual. We were divided into groups, and then had to race to correctly identify twenty different parts of the boat! It was a fun race and a great review of boat parts. By the time 9:30 p.m. rolled around, everyone was excited to find a quiet and warm place to rest, and we all scurried to find our places to sleep.