Posted by: HelenRortvedt | 29 January 2007

The Ratner School – Part III: A sense of accomplishment

The last couple of days with Ratner were busy and fulfilling. Monday morning brought us out to a sandbar offshore where we had a great geology lesson and played one of my all-time favorite games. The kids reached their moment of apogee at “High Rock” on Monday afternoon–each of them leaping off the rocky ledge into the turquoise waters below.

Tuesday evening rounded out the week-long journey, as each kid contributed thoughtful reflections about their experience on Eleuthera. Wednesday morning, we loaded up the bus and headed back to Rock Sound International airport [you can fly to Ft. Lauderdale from there, but that’s about it].

Jill and I breathed a sigh of relief after our final round of farewells and headed back to campus to get ready for our own down island trip.

We made it as far north as Gregory Town and the “Glass Window”, where the island narrows to a point hardly discernable as “land”. The Atlantic Ocean batters the windward side of the island, while the Caribbean Sea gently laps against the leeward side. At the glass window, the Atlantic fury crashes over into the Caribbean tranquility at high tide. It’s pretty unreal.

We also explored the settlements of Governor’s Harbour and James Cistern, and stayed the night near “Surfer’s beach”–aptly named for the great surf.

It was a short trip, but a great way to end a uniquely Eleutheran experience…

Jill and I excited to be headed “down island”, with our own agenda!

The waves are carving away at this old reef, little by little.

Watching the waves crash over into the tidal pools of an ancient reef.

We don’t know what this is, but it is amazing.

Jill and I at Surfer’s Beach.

At Glass Window, the Atlantic pounds away at the isthmus, while the Caribbean gently accepts the waves that spill over…


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