Greetings again from the pink skied land of gentle breezes and real mac and cheese!
Our first full day here started with a sunrise swim and snorkel. After a few minutes of messing with equipment and figuring out fins, we managed to get out there and spy all kinds of marine life including an upside down Cassiopea jellyfish! Gorgeous.
Then we split into two groups. We took turns touring the Cape Eleuthera Institute and environs and got a sense of the whole idea of this place. Everything here exists with sustainability in mind, from the aquaponic growing systems (fish and vegetables) to the various electric systems (including solar and wind), to the compost heaps and water cisterns. We loved the ducks and chickens, but not the noni fruit.
After lunch, we split again. The Gold group checked out a mangrove…grove.It’s magical, to peer into the submerged roots and see entire worlds in there. In fact, there was some discussion in both groups about how much we’d all be missing if we couldn’t get beneath the surface and actually see these underwater universes just teeming with life.
At the same time, the Alpha group headed to a reef for a lesson in coral from the institute’s resident expert. Anna’s enthusiam for this important living architecture was contagious, and we saw tons of stuff. No one was freaked out by the giant barracuda, and the delightful camouflaged sea biscuits cracked us up. We’ve been lucky with the weather, the few scattered downpours keeping things cool. Nothing could dampen our spirits.
As if this weren’t enough activity to fill a day, we rounded things out in the afternoon with a leisurely swim chat just outside the dorm, followed by dinner and some group games. Everyone (almost :)) is finally sound asleep, dreaming sweet dreams to the sounds of gentle lapping waves and one crazy melodious frog parked invisibly nearby.
Tomorrow: Another day.