On day six, we visited Trunk Bay, consistently voted among the top ten beaches on Earth. The most visited beach on Saint John, Trunk Bay is famous for a reason. The jungle yields to a wide beach with white sands, and an excellent reef for snorkeling offshore. Unfortunately, our plan required modification because of the ongoing rain from the tail end of a tropical depression. We snorkeled for an hour or so under dark skies, and were forced to abandon the reef shortly before noon because of the storm. After purchasing lunch and eating food supplied by VIERS, we decided not to get back into the water because of the rain; instead, we played a game of brutal tackle football on the beach. The teams were as follows: Mendelow, Ben, Annalise, Nate (later traded for Mr. Lawrence), Jason, and Graham. The opposing team was comprised of Mike, James, Ryyan, Alex, Liz and Mr. Lawrence. The final score was 10-8 in favor of the latter team. One memorable moment from the game was the first play; Mr. Mendelow was viciously tackled by the 5’4″ James.
By the end of the football game, the majority of the rain subsided, and we played in the shallows for a few hours; our activities ranged from chicken fights and sand-slinging wars with some peaceful swimming in between. Fortunately, no one was seriously maimed by these endeavors, although the events were very tiring.
After snorkeling once more, we took a taxi ride back to camp (we made one stop to buy snacks at a local convenience store). We chatted in the cabins for the next few hours before dinner– hopefully the rain will subside by tomorrow. We are all exhausted!