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K1 and K2 have returned!

March 9, 2010

K1 stops on day 1 to learn about red mangroves

Sunday night, as we (K1) sat under the stars, Remo pointed out constellations.  The stars were shining brightly and with a laser pointer, Remo directed us to Orion, Canus Major, Taurus, Ursa Major, and several others.  I’ve lived here for over seven months, but I’ve never spent that much time looking up at the sky.  The students leaned back in their crazy creek chairs, staring at the sky, and “oohing” every time they saw a shooting star.  The fire faded slowly and exhaustion from a day of kayaking crept over us.

Our second day, with sun shining, we paddled east toward Green Castle.  The current with us, we glided smoothly even taking out our tarp at one point to set sail.

Kearney smiles while "sailing"

We reached the blue hole before lunch time.  Looking down into the deep abyss, students debated whether to get out and snorkel.  “It’s just so cold!” many said.  Knowing they would have opportunities later in the semester to snorkel a blue hole (in much warmer waters!) they decided to beach the kayaks and stop for lunch instead.  With bellies full of PB&J, we paddled back the way we’d come, quickly reaching Broad Creek.  After settling camp, we gathered on the beach.  Some students wrote in place books, while others threw a frisbee around.  The sun set over the creek, and I remembered yet another reason I love this place.

K1 students write in their place books as the sun sets at Broad Creek

Mickey P. throws the frisbee at Broad Creek

This morning, knowing we were close to home, we took a nice sleep-in.  After breaking down camp, we mustered up the energy to get into the kayaks and head out on the water to practice flipping the kayaks and performing rescues.  I was amazed with the students’ ability to stay positive, even when faced with the frustrating task of bailing water out of their flipped kayak.  Smiles on their faces and with a real sense of accomplishment, students paddled back to campus, returning to what many are now referring to as “home.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Rita Weschler permalink
    March 9, 2010 5:24 pm

    Welcome home, K1 and K2! I’ve been adventuring with you in my imagination, but that didn’t quite compare with your pictures. They’re awesome and so are you!

  2. March 9, 2010 5:27 pm

    Reading all the t rips and travels you all are taking, I am amazed. I just lived 50plus years too soon to have such wonderful opportunities. How jealous am I! Live each day to the fullest and you will never have any regrets! XO Cis

  3. March 9, 2010 5:44 pm

    Welcome back K1 and K2 – So great to hear about your awsome trip! This weekend we were up in Stowe, VT, looking up at Orion looking down at us, and wondering what constellations we were sharing with you across the infinite sky … it is wonderful to have this connection to all of you, even from this far away.
    Enjoy the rest of the week! Ileana Martin-Novoa

  4. Sandy Brown permalink
    March 10, 2010 5:11 pm

    You look so peaceful and in your element on the beach as the sun sets behind you, Hallie. You all look like you are having too much fun!! I am happy for you. I hope it has warmed up!!

  5. pam permalink
    March 15, 2010 6:03 am

    Hi Hadley!!!
    i hope you are having a glorious time. soak up every moment. Charlotte misses you but knows you are in an amazing place doing extraordinary things. We all love you, Pam and Char and Bill and Co. xoxoxoxoxo Hello to Maxeys.

  6. Maddie Reese permalink
    March 15, 2010 2:40 pm

    Hallie and Kearney are such cuties! Miss you guys! 🙂

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