"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

A few more notes from Statia

>> Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Last night, from our anchorage in Gallow’s Bay, we watched the full moon rise above the mountainside of the dormant volcano, "The Quill." This morning we were up on deck before first light to prepare for our summit to the highest point of the north side of the rim, Manzinga, and the descent to the lush forest floor of the crater. The students mustered up the energy necessary to spend all day hiking around the mountainous outcroppings of the dormant volcano. Along the slopes we passed through thorny woodlands and semi-evergreen forests, climbing our way through low branches and hanging epiphytes and gazing in awe of the impressive size of the buttress roots. Soldier crabs, ground lizards and red-bellied snakes were encountered throughout our exploration.

Statia has provided a good place to focus our coursework on topics such as Caribbean poetry, plate tectonics and the historical importance of Statia in the American War of Independence.

Time to run to a student port report and another Beach BBQ!

Christine Honan, Head Educator

PS- We will try again to upload pictures from the nex port...no luck with the connection here.


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