Thursday the 14th of February, Day 5:
We woke up and headed over to get breakfast before we got to the island. While Beth and I were having breakfast one of the Sea Monkeys came over and asked if she could join us. We said sure, asked her how her trip was going. She had gone on a hike on the previous island, and we mentioned about our running. She also mentioned about needing to check out the front of the boat as we go through the water for the flying fish. We left to go get read for the day on the Island. As we were leaving Beth said “I think that was Randall’s wife.”
What?!? Apparently we just had breakfast with Randall Monroe’s wife! Beth pointed me at an awesome valentines post on Twit-Arr about her being taking care of during Chemo. There were many replies in support of them both.
It was then off to St Martin. We met up with Taylor and Maria again, and Mike decided to join us. They had an awesome route planned for us. We ran along the water front to Fort Amsterdam. The fort was awesome! There were old cannons and some ruins from the buildings that used to be there. We spent some time wondering around and looking over the bay before heading back to the ship.
Basically I was worried that I wasn’t going to get to go in the water at all during the trip, so we ended up signing up for one of the excursions, the “Helmet” dive. So we cleaned up and went on the SeaTrek tour. There was apparently one girl that was celebrating her 15th birthday (a quinceañera). I guess that is a thing in some places, kind of like the sweet 16. But she had all of her friends. Maybe 20 or so. There was Beth and myself, and the Looney family also was in our group. They only have enough helmets for half of us to go down at a time, so we got to go snorkeling around while we waited for our turn with the helmets. They had sunken a bunch of things where we were. Because it was there, I had to swim down to touch the blades of the helicopter that they had sunk. It was great to finally get into the water.
The helmets were very heavy, but even still, after we got all the way down I was having trouble staying on the floor. It was way too easy to try to walk forward and go up about a foot. It was cool to just have this bubble of air on my head. Basically the way the system works is they pump air into the helmet that is on our head. This then fills up and eventually bubbles out of the back. So it kind of self regulates it self. However, because they had a limited supply of air in there, if you inhaled too quickly, you could get the water level to rise really high in the helmet. It was a little freaky and cool. We walked around and looked at the sunken helicopter, sunken cannons, sunken submarine, sunken plane, and all of the colorful fishes. They even had the fishies eat out of our hand.
We then got back to the boat, and ran off to see That Yoda Guy. Apparently he is someone you just have to see. He was one of the prop designers for Star Wars (Yoda!) and a bunch of other movies. It was cool to see all of the memorabilia that he had from all of the different movies. He also had some awesome paintings that he had made. But at the same time it was a little weird, I can’t quite put my finger on it. It just felt like maybe we were intruding or something.
When we got back on board we tried to play around of Ticket To Ride Europe with a bunch of Sea Monkeys. However, the game took a while and then dinner was up, so we went to that. We ended up having slow service. And we weren’t very good at keeping a conversation going, which made some of the waiting worse.
After dinner we went to our next show with Joseph Scrimshaw, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. I was not expecting Bill and Kevin to sing/make music. But they did and it was interesting. During intermission we rand into Randall’s wife again, she did end up finding some good nature trails. They then did a bunch of live Riff Tracks. It was funny. Most of the films that they had were old propaganda movies. One of them was about not washing your clothes in gasoline, take them to a dry cleaners since the know how to do use the gasoline correctly. What?!? People used to wash their clothes with gasoline? So crazy.