On Wednesday Rusty and his Boy Scout troop headed in from the open sea back to Sea Base, marking the end of their adventure on the water…
But not the end of their Florida fun.
They still had a few days left of their Scouting high adventure and there was much fun to still be had. It was just going to take place on solid ground for the next 3 days, instead of the high seas.
On Wednesday morning the scouts were up early and began cooking breakfast as the sailboat made its way toward land. They arrived at port and proceeded to get their assignments from the captain. Some headed onto shore to get the carts needed for transporting their personal belongings and other gear from the boat to the Sea Base dorm.
The tasks for unloading, cleaning and prepping the boat for the next week’s crew were split between the members of the troop, with some cleaning and returning the snorkel gear, while others began the task of washing down the boat.
Using special soap that was environmentally safe they scrubbed the outside of the boat washing away the signs that eight scouts/leaders had occupied it for a week.
While engaged in this chore some local wildlife stopped by to say hello. A large sea cow arrived boat side, lured in by the activity occurring around the boat. Evidently manatees are drawn to the splash of fresh water, a treat that must be limited because of the negative affect it has on their buoyancy if they consume too much of it.
The boys and leaders had a wonderful time meeting and greeting this large lady up close and snapping some awesome photos.
After they were done cleaning up and clearing out everyone had some free time to shower, rest, and do a little shopping at the Sea Base store.
After lunch there was paddle boarding and kayaking for the scouts and their leaders in the bay. After some instruction they headed out to a small mangrove island ¼ mile away from the beach.
The wind was blowing hard which made the trip out to the island easy but the trip back extra tough. Fighting the wind and waves led some to abandon their standing positions and lay down on their bellies to paddle back in.
At 5:00 pm they congregated at the flag pole with two other troops that had just arrived, where they went over announcements and recited the Sea Base Grace:
Bless the creatures of the sea.
Bless this person I call me.
Bless the Keys, you make so grand.
Bless the sun that warms the land.
Bless the Fellowship we feel,
As we gather for this meal.
The two other troops headed to dinner while our troop walked over to the volleyball court for some Sea Base planned activities.
They played volleyball,
Polynesian tug of war,
And Poison Barrel.
A limbo competition opened the door to the luau themed dinner that was their final meal at Sea Base.
This special luau dinner on the beach is the traditional conclusion to every Sea Base adventure and a perfect way to end a magical week.
The setting was spectacular, and the meal was too.
My boys raved about their feast of Mahi Mahi, rice, Hawaiian rolls, crab cakes, corn, chicken wings, and key lime pie.
With stomachs full and eyelids heavy the troops headed back to the dorms for a good night sleep before the following day’s adventure with alligators.