Our last full, five-day week in California was stressful but worth it. Lots of talk about packing and some last-minute checks for passports and medical information. On Monday we had our first snorkeling lesson at the YMCA. We learned a whole different way to breathe, and although we felt claustrophobic at times, we still got through it and had many ab-crunching laughs.
Tuesday we discussed our ideas on the oceanography projects for the voyage. At the end of the day we had our second small-boat sailing lesson. Instead of peacefully sailing around we became more comfortable, competitive, and strong in our sailing. We played with a floaty ball, throwing it from boat to boat. Girls who found sailing scary were opening up and liking it more and more. With Vincent, our Leadership teacher, we talked about how to communicate to one another if we have conflicts and how we go about dealing with those conflicts. We worked on how we confront each other about problems, seeing that there was some tension between some girls. At the end of the day, with TILT, our video class, we sent some themes for our documentary.
Thursday was our field trip to the Romberg Tiburon Center for the Environment. The 13 girls split into two groups. Half went into the bay on a motor boat to take some tests and see how to test the bay. The other half went to the mudflats to take pictures and notes for our oceanography projects.
Written by Valentina Perry