SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
February 26, 2014
C251 Web Blog - 26 February 2014
17° 00.7’ N x 061° 47.0’ W
At anchor in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
force 3 out of the SE x E, 25.6°C
Today was adventure day! The wonderful crew of the Corwith Cramer cared for her while the students took a trip to the other side of the Antigua from Falmouth Harbor to the port town of St. John, where the massive cruise ships dock, and tourists are plentiful. There was a juxtaposition of deteriorating buildings with small market shops and the area immediately available to cruise ship patrons, a brick street lined with common brands such as Sunglass Hut and Timberland shoes. Our destination was the lovely Museum of Antigua and Barbuda where we learned about the geographical, archaeological and historical past of the island spanning the periods from the original inhabitants to the current population. Getting there was a bit of a thrill, in that the drivers here are confident in their abilities and knowledge of the roads where we were not, but we enjoyed a sing-along to the drivers Celine Dion mix. In one of the small markets, student Matt and I stopped for some sugar cane to chew on while we explored the urban area, before piling in the taxi for a ride back to the harbor.
Once we were back within a small boats reach of the Cramer, and had spent some time at a local spot communicating with family and friends, the best part of the adventure became a reality. We were able to swim in the ocean and lay on the soft sandy beach along the harbor while enjoying some much-missed student bonding time. We have learned so many amazing things in the past few weeks and the time spent studying during the shore component is paying off (yes!). There is still so much to learn and I have seen the positive influence this program has had on my shipmates in the way we interact and consider how our actions affects one another and the world around us. We have also learned how to take care of our seasick comrades on B-watch.
Hello family and facebook friends. I <3 U from afar and as always, want you to send cat memes. All of the cat memes. Love you Henery!