Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound

Today we woke up bright and early at 6:30 in the morning, I was slightly tired from sleeping for my third night on the kitchen floor, however, I went straight to the helm to drive the boat on a beautiful sunny day with the wind and morning tunes waking me up, I immediately knew it was going to be a great day. The crew trekked to another school called Robinson O’Neal Primary School to work on the recycling float for a parade the schools are all a part of. Catalinaville and Firebolt went straight to work, and it was amazing how much motivation everyone was to get working. The float that we all worked on consisted of many cans of soda cut to make a mural and hundreds of bottle caps to make letters. The amount of cutting and assembly line teamwork needed for all of these meticulous jobs were very important, but with all of our help, it went by “somewhat” fast. I mostly worked on cutting the soda cans, and at first, I saw two or three enormous bags of cans that I couldn’t imagine getting through it all. However, with only a few cockroach incidents and little to no complaints we were able to surprisingly get through all of the bags right before lunch. It felt great to use teamwork to get all of the cans done, and although it was frustrating, it felt so great. During lunch, I tried the famous Elliot sandwich, which was one piece of bread with peanut butter and jelly that topped with another piece of bread and then turkey, Pringles, and mayo topped with another piece of bread. The view was incredible as we enjoyed our strange lunch looking over a cliff onto the ocean bay. Someone climbed a tree to get coconuts, and we all shared some coconut water as well, which was the best way to end our lunch. After lunch was tiring and the motivation was down, however, the feeling after all of the float pieces were done was such a relief. Currently, I am typing after my afternoon “shower” in the ocean, and everyone on the crew is busy around getting ready for a barbecue and dance with everyone in all of the programs. Overall the day is far from over, but I am so proud of the teamwork everyone needed today to get throughout the project and the amazing outcome that just made everything worthwhile.