Friday, July 12, 2013

Just another day at Piers Park

On Tuesday I was treated to another day working at Piers Park Sailing Center. The kids here are very enthusiastic to be able to work so closely with crabs and the occasional lobster. It is so refreshing to know that I will work with awesome and obedient kids for the entire morning. On Tuesday the kids were excited to see that we had brought along a couple of red snappers to bait the lobster and crab traps. The kids were also astonished that the red snappers had poisonous spines running along their dorsal side. One harbor explorer even asked if "the poison stays even after they die". Well, the answer was of course. The red snappers proved to be a way better substitute for the usual mussels that we use to bait the traps. Not only that, they were content to watch Sarah cut up the red snappers for a good amount of time.

Several explorers and myself watch on as Sarah cuts the fish
Last but not least, let me tell you a little about a club that was established in the summer of 2011. I have worked at Piers Park Sailing Center for the past two summers, and I have gotten to know a group of three harbor explorers very well. Their names are Shane, Daniel, and Jack. They are the "veterans" of the program and aren't afraid to let the other explorers know that. Shane is a self proclaimed shark expert, Daniel is a self proclaimed crab expert, and Jack is well, a jack of all trades. Together they formed the "Cool Kids Club", and their clubhouse is an area underneath the gangway that is shaded from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. All in all, each and every single one of the harbor explorers I met this past week are a joy to work with, and are each unique in their own way.

Daniel, Jack, and Shane

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