Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spectacle Island Cruise

This past Saturday, October 26th I boarded the Provincetown II for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Fall Cruise to Spectacle Island along with 250 family, friends, and partners of our organization. I was looking forward to getting back to the Islands where I spent warm summer days leading the Junior Program Assistants to explore, learn, and engage others while enjoying the natural wonders of the Boston Harbor Islands.

Spectacle Island Shoreline

As the Staff Assistant at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay I had the opportunity and privilege to take a leadership role by creating and monitoring the RSVP list. I was able to able to speak to and email individuals as well as organizations informing them about the Fall Cruise to Spectacle Island and encourage them to sign up for this wonderful opportunity. I was able to speak with many people, and it was exciting to match a name to face on Saturday.

Group Picture of Our Fall Cruise to Spectacle Island

Save the Harbor Staff was able to invite our friends and family on the cruise, so I asked my friend Meghan Stone to come with us on this adventure. When I am not an Administrative Assistant at the office, I spend most of my free time roller skating and playing roller derby with the Boston Derby Dames. Meghan and I are on the same home team, the Arkham Horrors. Since we weren't able to skate around the island, we decided to hike instead. We walked more than 4 miles trekking several different nature hikes that Spectacle Island offers. It was a beautiful Fall day, and we were able to admire the multicolored trees and the ocean in the background. The view of the Boston Harbor wasn't too bad either.

My Roller Derby Team, The Arkham Horrors

Meghan and I at Spectacle Island

Although I've been to Spectacle Island before, this trip was special, because I had an integral role in the planning leading up to the Fall Cruise. I had a lot of small tasks to do on Saturday like greet guests, set-up our banners, and distribute marbles, but I felt relief as we sailed towards out into the Boston Harbor towards Spectacle Island. The cruise was a reward for all the hard work our staff put into organizing it, and it couldn't have been successful without Save the Harbor's friends, family, and partners. I can hardly wait until our next adventure.

Stay Sandy,

Iris Ayala

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