Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Finding Beauty in Chaos

Join Aquarium Teen Program Coordinator Liz Whitlinger and campers with the Harbor Discoveries Schooner Adventure Camp as they blog from the high seas. After a week of preparation, our crew of young explorers board a Grand Banks schooner and set sail for a five-day, four-night excursion exploring Massachusetts Bay.

We arrived at New Bedford in the morning after a very long, dull, uneventful van ride.  New Bedford harbor is kind of ugly but also strangely beautiful at the same time.  There were hundreds of thousands of overlapping ladders and lines and outlines of ships silhouetted against the muted blues and grays of the sky.  It was a really good place to eat lunch!

After we got to the harbor we did a scavenger hunt that was fun, but a lot like school-work.  I learned a lot about the different types of fishing and about how the different boats worked.  It was really cool!  After touring the New Bedford boats and learning about fishing and whaling in New England, we visited the New Bedford Whaling Museum and got to see four almost complete whale skeletons! I learned a lot! YAY!


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