- 2020 Winter Voyage
Los Haitises National Park is a special place. We arrived not long after lunch on Friday and split into two groups to explore the shoreline. Cruising next to the large karst formations we spotted pelicans, frigate birds, herons, egrets, ibis, osprey and many other birds. The park is a birders paradise. We were also able to venture up a few mangrove creeks that seemed endless. The scenery of the Dominican Republic is a major contrast from the Bahamian landscape where the trip began.
The following morning, we went ashore to walk through two caves within the park. The students spotted petroglyphs from the Taíno people as we walked through. Back aboard Geronimo everyone jumped in the water for the last ocean swim call of the voyage.
Afterwards, Julia successfully sailed Geronimo off the anchor and put us on course for Puerto Bahia Marina. She then passed the watch to Corinne who sailed Geronimo on to the anchor just off the marina. By the time the deck was cleaned up, Sasha had dinner ready. Most of the crew went to bed not long after.
Early this morning, we hauled back the anchor for the final time to move into the marina. Once secure along the dock, all hands focused on cleaning the boat. We complete a major clean at the end of every voyage and the students energetically worked at this task.
Currently, the students are completing their marine science final exam. This test incorporates chart work, sailing knowledge and ecology material discussed over the voyage. Once everyone has completed their test, we plan to go for a fresh water swim in the marina pool.
Tomorrow is the last full day of the program. With school work complete, we can relax and have a fun day off the boat. The plan is to visit the town of Las Terrenas on the north coast of the Samana Peninsula.