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It was a good day on the water for the final day of the ABLE Florida sailing trip. The sun came out in the afternoon, and everyone snorkeled. There were schools of fish all around and good visibility of about 15 to 20 feet. Most everyone is ready to get home and see family, friends, pets, and their own home.
Our ABLE sailors tried to snorkel at two different reefs today, but the conditions were not conducive. The first location was too rough and there was very limited visibility at the second. Both boats did get to sail and fish outside the reef -- where the big fish live. They managed to catch a bonita that will be on the menu for tonight's dinner. The boats are anchored off of Long Key Bridge tonight and with the weather forecast calling for sunny …
ABLE sailors took to the ocean today. Both boats came out of the bay and are ocean sailing inside the reef. That means more wind, more waves, and more work for the person at the helm. Here are some beautiful photos showing both the SeaTrek and Bahama Star in action.
Here's a short video taken from the Bahama Star:
Today, both boats got in some good sailing as they made their way through Biscayne Bay to Pumpkin Key.
The crew of the SeaTrek took turns at the helm.
The crew of the Bahama Star worked on raising the sails -- the white sail is the mainsail and the colorful one is the jibsail.
Looks like a gorgeous day for sailing in sunny Florida!
DV Students embarked on the annual ABLE sailing trip to Biscayne Bay, Florida yesterday. All arrived safely and settled into their boats. There was a lot of learning today, and so not much time for sailing, but at 4:30 pm, the two boats sailed out of No Name harbor, turned the corner, and dropped anchor for the night. Sam and Maria cooked a nice stir fry for dinner with chicken and a vegetarian option. Sofia brought a menorah and lit the candles…
The last day on the trail started with cake for breakfast and ended in Machu Picchu. Doesn't get better than that!
Each student shared a reflection on the trip so far:
Izzy: The dogs we saw in the towns and at the school we helped paint were so cute, but Ken won't let us take one home.
Katie: I love alpacas. The hills don't love me.
Kenzie: I enjoyed the hike and the views are beautiful. The spectacled bear was cool.
Evan: I loved climbing mountain …
Our intrepid hikers are over the high pass and back in cellphone range, so we have this update from Ken:
Everyone is doing really well. We'll make it to Machu Picchu around noon tomorrow. And the photo with the black speck in it is a picture of a spectacled bear! Don't worry, it was far in the distance.
Tonight we will camp at Phuyu Pata Marca Camp. It is a beautiful campsite on a mountain ridge where one can view the giant, glaciated, Salkantay …
The morning was spent exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins in the Sacred Valley. After lunch, we drove to Chillca (1.5 to 2 hours) and Pisca, where we started our hike -- 5km from Pisca Kucho to Llacta Pata. We will be spending the night at the Llactapata Campsite -- a beautiful small campsite next to extensive ruins.
Today, the group was up and out early to spend the day working with the community of Qelqanca helping to paint a local school building and talking to them about their daily lives.
The group enjoyed breakfast at their hotel in Lima before heading to the airport for their flight to Cusco.
In Cusco, the group met some 4-legged friends -- Alpacas. They learned from local artisans about natural dying techniques used with the alpaca wool. There was then a great photo op with the local weavers.
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