Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 21

Ocean Classroom 2020: Day 21

Pond Island, ME

Rachel

Monday, September 29, 2020 

After a slow, uneventful morning we anchored near Pond Island. Piling into the small boat we made our way ashore. Seconds after stepping off the boat onto the uneven rocky shore we looked down towards our feet to see all the rocks riddled with shells, sand dollars, and coral. We ventured around and collected little gems to put into a time capsule for next year’s Ocean Classroom. After stumbling around we slowly made our way to the small boats to climb back up onto the boat. My boat was supposed to be driven by Mr. Terry but Katie took over. Wet, cold, and bundled up almost all of us easily made our way back onto the boat. Everyone but Katie- she on the other hand could not bend her leg due to her foul weather gear. Her foot missed the scupper and dangled off the side like the sole towels hanging from the shower.  Hoisting her back aboard, we were all hysterically laughing as she laid across the deck. Our calm day stared to take a turn as dinner prep began. The energy picked up with the smell of steaming warm mussels. The crew and students who were stood down rushed around to get well dressed and get off the lingering smell of dirt and seaweed from the previous day. Sharing clothes and jewelry we all came up to the salon, tablecloths set and large bowls of steaming mussels ready for the picking. As we began eating you could hear the crunch of what we all suspected was sand. After further investigation we were all digesting little pearls! Piles of pearls began to gather along the table. As the buckets of mussels for eating depleted and the bowl of empty shells grew, we all began to slow down. Now with the night winding down the salon is full of people, some doing homework, others playing board games, and some just hanging out. Each day keeps getting better. Huge shout out to my family, I love you! Most importantly hugs soon to my dog Sadie!