Question responses pt. 2
Have you been to Antarctica, the North Pole, or Asia?
I haven’t been to any of those places. Yet. But I don’t think I would want to go to Antarctica, it’s waaaayy too cold. I dunno about you, but I like being able to feel my toes.
Have you been to Russia or Australia?
I haven’t been to those places either! I really would love to go to Australia, though. I hear they have excellent scuba diving and surfing.
What made you decide to go on the sailing trip?
My dad, who you guys met, (the man with the beard that makes him look like a pirate) told me about it, around a year ago. I lovelovelove sailing, and I’ve been sailing around the Caribbean before, so I knew it was lots of fun. I had to do a lot of work for my school to let me be here, but it was well worth it. Who WOULDN’T want to live in the Caribbean for two months?!
Have you had to drink salt water? If anything has fallen off the boat, it must have been the Ghost of John.
Accidentally, when I was swimming. Salt water tastes AWFUL and hurts my stomach. Who is the Ghost of John? Maybe I could call him up and ask for my sunglasses back. I dropped them in the ocean a few weeks ago and I would really like them returned…
Has the boat tipped over?
When we go sailing, the boat does tip, and sometimes it’s hard to walk because we’re tipping so much, but the boat can’t really flip over. You would have to at least be in a hurricane to do that. Even if the boat was in a hurricane, it still might not flip over. Heron is 32,000 lbs. So if one of those yellow taxis weighs like… 2,500 pounds, then my boat would weigh as much as 12.8 taxis. That’s light for a boat of this size. The boat we sailed around with a lot, which is one foot longer than my boat, weighs 54,000 pounds! I think it would be preeeettyyy challenging to flip this boat, don’t you?
Question responses pt. 1
Have you ever gone over a coral reef so that you could see the bottom?
Yes, in fact, I have! We swam over lots of coral yesterday. You can see the bottom even if it is sand, too. Right now, we’re in about 20 feet of water, but we can still see straight down. Last night, you could see lots of little fish swimming around underneath the boat.
Have you seen a sting ray, a great white shark, or a jellyfish? Ever been in a shark tank?
I’ve seen four or five stingrays when we were out snorkeling. They look really cool because they sort of… fly over the bottom. You know, like really really big, grey, graceful butterflies. I’ve seen jellyfish too, but only up around Massachusetts. They don’t really have jellyfish here during the winter, even though the water is warm; the upper 70s to mid 80s (Thank goodness! I don’t like jellyfish.) We think we might’ve seen a shark, but it was a baby and it was too dark to tell. We’ve mostly seen whales and dolphins.
Have you seen any kind of shark?
Possibly. A couple nights ago, we were eating dinner on a boat named Freestyle, a 54 foot cruising sailboat. We looked over the edge because there were lots of splashing noises, and we *thought* we saw a baby shark. You could see it swimming around, two feet under the surface. I wouldn’t want to go swimming with it, that’s for sure.
How close did you get to the volcano? What causes a hot spot? Are there waves?
We went by Kick-‘em Jenny, which is an underwater volcano. I’ve heard stories that sailboats got too close too it, and it released … stuff that made it so the water couldn’t keep the boat floating, so it sank. People aren’t supposed to get too close, but they do anyway. It must’ve been super awesome, buuutttttt I was asleep when we went by it. Oops…
We also sailed five miles away from Montserrat, an active volcano. It doesn’t like explode or anything, but every so often, it spews out little clouds of ash.
Don’t quote me, but I’m pretty sure a volcanic hot spot is when so much pressure builds up in the middle of a tectonic plate, and it pushes molten lava up with so much force that it creates cracks in the earths surface, and the lava seeps up. I think. I’m sure your teachers would know, though.
Nope, no waves. They just looked like exceptionally large mountains.
How did it feel to go past an erupting volcano? Good? Scared?
It wasn’t erupting when we sailed by it, so it was crazy cool. I’m sure I would be scared if it was erupting. If I have pictures of it, i’ll try to post them!