Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Another successful day at Hurricane Island for our 2020 Ocean Classroom students. Today marks day two on the island, and we are not wasting any time. In the morning we shared laughs over breakfast and bundled up in all the layers we could find. The ocean waves echo throughout the land, while the activities today included a history walk, an English class outdoors, a meditation sit spot, and even jumping off the dock for the braver members of the group. Even through the cold elements, our group is smiling more than ever before. The anticipation is building up within us as we all realized that by the day after tomorrow, we’re going to be living on our new home, The Roseway. For me, this evening, my relationship with my shipmates to-be, grew stronger. My nerves and doubts were set at ease tonight during our educator Thane night hie lesson… with no lights! After dinner, the group was instructed to dress as warm as humanly possible. Most all of us included our foul weather gear as part of the outfit. We all brough our red-infrared headlamps and set out on one of the islands hiking trails. Five minutes of walking and chatting goes by, then we are told to turn out our light. At first, naturally, we all hesitated to do so. Reluctantly we being our prowl, slowly waddling through the forest. We quickly figured out we were going to need some clear communication to let the person walking behind us know that there is a huge rock and not to trip over it. Soon, we found our rhythm walking in our single file line, with our warnings of obstacles being repeated down the line. We walked up and down hills in the pitch black without a single faceplant. How? Trust! Without even realizing, I built up a huge amount of trust and reliance among my shipmates. We knew that if we wanted to finish this hike safely, we were going to have to trust each other. This exercise is going to carry over on the boat very easily. I feel secured and supported more than I have since we arrived, and I know it will only become stronger.