Liv proudly displaying our impressive piece of driftwood. Craig carved it with a Dremel. Does anyone notice anything amiss? Perhaps the carver came down with a case of dyslexia?
Reading the posted signs along the trail
Hi Ho, Hi Ho....it's off to work we go....
Phew, we made it up the grueling climb - all 100 feet up the hill!
The girls find the perfect spot to rest our piece of driftwood
The blow holes near the driftwood pile. Everyone waiting and watching for something to happen.
When we left the driftwood pile to take a peek at the blow holes, Olivia missed our exit down the path and thought we had headed back to the dinghies. We noticed that Olivia was missing and started searching for her. It was slightly nerve racking since there were jagged cliffs that dropped down into pounding surf. But with the help of Patronus, the 9 of us spread out looking for her. Chris spotted her down the hill, walking the trail back towards the dinghies. Craig took off to fetch her and brang her back. She was a little shook up and scared but had done the right thing. This impacted her and inspired her to write about it. Here is her story, in her words (not edited by mom, dad or sisters):
I was in Wardarick Wells. We were hiking a hill. My dad said we were leaving. So I started my way down the hill then the group disappeared. I tried to follow them. I got half way to the boat. I felt lost then I saw four people walk by. Then I saw people and an orange backpack up on the hill then my dad screamed for me. Then I found my family and then I found my friends. Then we all went back to the boats. So we can never do that in our lives again.
Bryson filling up his shirt with air from the blow hole
The wind was howling, creating some powerful surf
The serene leeward side of the island
The curly tailed lizard is indigenous to the Bahamas
We met the captain of this research vessel as he was passing by our boat one afternoon. We asked him if we could bring the kids on board to learn about what they were researching. He was delighted to accommodate us that evening.
This boat is a unique extension of the Shedd Acquarium in Chicago. It is used by zoos, aquariums, and universities around the country for collecting, research and educational purposes. It has logged thousands of miles in Florida waters, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
There happened to be a group of college biology students doing research on the Hutia. A nocturnal rodent that looks like a little muskrat. We never saw them in person, but we sure did see their evidence (poop) That is speed like a carpet all over the island!
A curious friend stopped by for a visit one afternoon
Craig and I out for a sail