30th April 2017
Upon waking up, the smell of wild oregano and sage blossomed the air. The island littered with multiple colours of early summer flowers, red poppies, daisies, yellows and lilacs basked in the early morning haze. Unlike the previous day, the clouds had created a blanket over the sky, which meant the sun wasn’t radiant, but still created a warm setting.
As the sea gently lapped onto the rocky coastline of Tersane and the thousands of tiny fish leaped as one from the water causing their re entrance to appear as silvery raindrops, mum and I went on our paddle boards, around the sheltered and deep bay. On our small exploration, the sea colour changed all the time, changing from turquoise to bottle green, deep blue, and Then to a mix between green and blue, all of which were very inviting. Beneath the water you could spy really large spiny sea urchins, fish of all sizes, water millipedes on the sea bed and the scary looking pipe fish, long and menacing looking.
As we returned back to the boat from paddling through the picturesque bay, many of the other boats in the bay started to leave, making the bay look much wider then it actually was. As the day continued, mum and I did some exploring on the rocky and almost-unacssesible land, although littered with beautiful indigenous flowers, the volcanic, sharp rock and cow pats made accessing the other side of the island impossible. Upon finding an aloe Vera plant, I tried living of the land, and cut the tip of it of. However, when I tasted it, it tasted disgusting, and nothing like what I normally take in liquid form. ( mums going to google it to make sure that I haven’t just poisoned myself!!) tip to other adventurers, discover what the plant is before you lick it!
To also try and live of the land, I found what looked like a plant with pea pods hanging from its branches. However, we had to do some searching on the web, and find out wether the plant was a senna, a kind of cocoa or a pea plant. As it turned out, the plant in debate was a pea plant, part of the fancy named Fabaceae family. Although they looked ripe, the pods couldn’t be harvested until the mid summer, so we made a note of them.
Today, we also did some planning for the trip, so we spent an hour on that.
As part of the planning, Geoff taught me how to put the coordinates into our Raymarine navigation equipment. So far, the plan goes like:
Kapi Creek-Wall Bay
Wall bay-Tomb Bay
Yassica Adasi-Asi beach
The plan could change at any time, with sailing life the plans can change with the next rising tide, but this is our rough idea.