SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
December 08, 2018
Laura and Linny’s big day ashore
16° 48.211 N x 62° 12.666W, Anchored on the NW Montserrat.
Around 27° Celsius
Following our morning rain shower, the clouds cleared to reveal a stunning view of Jurassic Park. It may not have actually been Jurassic Park, but the island of Montserrat bears a striking resemblance to the fantasy island. Today we anchored off the coast just outside of Rendezvous Bay, our convenient snorkeling destination for tomorrow's venture. The cliff faces just in front of us are bare and eroded with green caps and cascading vegetation that ascends with the rising elevation to the very top of the infamous, active, volcano of Montserrat. Following a devastating eruption, the island's capital, Plymouth, was buried under a pyroclastic flow that reshaped the landscape. Those structures can still be seen today. On Monday we have the opportunity to visit these sites and get a better view of the features and sediments which I am personally very excited for!
After we anchored and cleared customs, we were given the opportunity to go to shore. We were all very excited to see how the feeling of land had changed over the course of the past ten days (it of course had not). With little instruction, we were set free to explore the possibilities of our new location. In sections we set out along the coastline where volcanic sediment colored the sand almost completely black. Some of our shipmates are affiliated with the Waitt Institute on Montserrat and reside on the island, which came in handy when we attempted to circumnavigate the attractions. We had a fun day of running around trying different foods and meeting new people who were kind enough to share their perspective of the island, piecing together a haphazard tour that had us wiped out and ready for a relaxing evening of anchor watch.
Though some of us have had thoughts of home and the holidays, myself included, we are all very excited to complete another successful reef survey and are thankful for the beautiful things the Caribbean has offered us thus far! In the words of someone far wiser than I, 'Life doesn't suck' - Big Time.
I would like to wish a happy birthday to my grandmother, Frances, who I wish could see the places I have gone thus far as well as my cousin Mckenna. A big good luck to my little brother Christian on his first date/school dance, so sad to not be there to embarrass you (in person)! To the rest of my friends and family, I miss and love you very much and hope that you're not under too much snow!
- Lindsay Moon - Syracuse University