Thursday, July 5, 2012

Three islands, the Charles, and the ocean. Week 1 complete!

Never before have I experienced such a fun and exciting first week of training for a job -- until last week, that is! Last Friday concluded my first week with Save the Harbor, and I could not have asked for a better week.
View of downtown from Piers Park in East Boston
Our team started off the week by jumping on a ferry to head out to the Boston Harbor Islands -- Spectacle and Georges to be more specific. I had been to Spectacle a handful of times in the past, but was excited to return as the island is easily one of my favorite parts about Boston. Not only are the views incredible, but it also reminds me of where I was raised in the sense that it is quiet and serene, and the sounds of birds chirping and a breeze blowing through the grass flow through my ears. We spent our time there combing the beach for anything interesting, whether it be sea glass, marbles, marine life or artifacts. Luckily, our team discovered all four things, and as hard as it was to leave the sea glass gems where we found them, we understood that it was necessary. Our next stop was at Georges Island, where we explored the dark and spooky tunnels of Fort Warren while learning some great stories to tell the kids in the process! Despite the skies opening up as we ended our adventure, blue skies greeted us as we set foot back in the city.

View of the Charles River from the Esplanade; Home to Community Boating
The following days proved to be equally adventurous and exciting. Our team got to visit the majority of the sites we partner with including the Quincy Recreation Department at Blacks Creek, Camp Harbor View out on Long Island, Community Boating on the Esplanade down on the Charles River, Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, Piers Park in East Boston and the Boston Children's Museum. In the process, I got to learn new things such as how to tell the difference between a male and female crab, the fact that the green crab can also appear orange and black in color, the different compartments of a lobster trap, and how to fillet a fish. Despite my initial hesitation when it came to slicing the pollock open, I gained confidence as I held the fish down, learning precisely where to slice it to end up with the perfect piece of fish!

Our team ended the week by practicing fishing off of Children's Wharf on the Fort Point Channel, and it brought me right back to my fishing days as a child. Growing up on a lake offered me the chance to interact with fish and water almost everyday, and it reminded me of how much fun I had as a kid just relaxing out on the dock, and fishing almost every chance I got when I wasn't in the water swimming. This was the perfect way to end our week of training, and our first week with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Our first day at our sites is on July 9th, and I cannot wait to see what the day, and the summer as a whole brings!

-Ashley, Senior Harbor Educator

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