Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Today is the day we begin the inaugural Winter Ocean Classroom 2021! I am so excited! I woke up at the Sugar Apple, our quarantine location, in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI eager to meet all of the students in person. Months and months of working on and thinking about this program and it is finally here. I spent the morning communicating with the World Ocean School office and Brooks Bicknell, who is in our quarantine bubble for the start of the program, making sure that we had all of our ducks in a row. This was much easier to do with warm weather, sunshine, and a sea breeze. Brooks and I grabbed lunch and then made our way to the airport to pick up the first student, Sam. We had a little bit of time before the next group of students came so we got our bearings on the island and picked up some supplies for our quarantined week. Cameron, Jack, Kara, and Louisa were the next to arrive. I brought them back to the Sugar Apple and then Angelina arrived. Last but not least, Brooks came back from the airport with Casten and Teige. We all were finally together! We ordered dinner from a local restaurant and chatted about our travel day, how everyone had spent their quarantines, and what is to come in the next months of Winter Ocean Classroom while sitting outside near the pool. After a long day for the students traveling and a long day for myself with all of my pent up excitement, we all retired to our rooms for some much deserved rest. A favorite quote of mine by Jacques Cousteau is, "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." I am looking forward to seeing how this spell of a program brings about growth in all of the students, the crew, and myself.