Today as we sit down to write our ship log, we can’t help but look back and reminisce fondly of today’s adventures aboard the Roseway. After a dark and not-so-stormy night, we woke up, ate muffins, and didn’t do chores in hopes of getting an earlier start to our day. Our day started with heading into St. John, where we rode in the bed of a truck up to the head of Reef Bay Trail; a long winding hike down the side of a hill into a valley through a pseudo-tropical jungle. After nearly having a head on collision due to stopping in the oncoming traffic lane to debark, we got out and started making our merry way down the side of the hill. As we hiked, our guide, Laurel, showed us a curious array of tropical life. One of these was the West Indian Locust, which drops a very nutritious pot that the slaves loved to eat in colonial times to keep going during their hard days of labor farming sugarcane. Additional interesting plant life that we saw was the bay rum tree, with its useful leaves, and a kapok tree with its impressive roots and spiritual meaning to the natives. In terms of wildlife we saw a big spider that spun a gigantic web, deer, hermit crabs…. Lots of hermit crabs, honey bees, lost hippies, bats, and more hermits crabs. And hermit crabs.
When we got to the bottom of the hill, we got to an old sugar processing plant, where we got to appreciate a bit of history lesson as well. We saw some of the old machinery, and Laurel gave us some insights into the process of how the slaves made sugar. After spending some time breaking coconuts, naming hermit crabs, and exploring the ruins, we said our goodbyes to our dear guide Laurel and made our way too the shore to meet the Roseway on the other side of the island.
After returning to the boat we ate lunch and set sail for Spain (Culebra, not Europe.) On our way to Culebra, we were fortunate enough to get to climb aloft on the shrouds. (Be sure to check our Facebook Page for pictures!) Other than this we spent some time preparing for the imminent deckhand Olympics.