Women's Rowing Training Trip Blog: Day 4
COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Caroline O'Connor reflected on another day in Cocoa Beach with the women's rowing team.
"Today was our day off, so we got to sleep in until 7 am! We got to the course and split into boats, but the wind was not on our side! We had some small boats, two fours, and an eight, but the titanic level waves almost flipped us, so we had to spin them and eventually head in. Given our not so great water practice, we headed back to the Comfy Inn and did a little land workout. We ate lunch and then had some off time.
In the afternoon, we went to a beach clean up. We drove to the site and were given buckets and garbage grabbers, and set off onto the beach to pick up micro plastics. Our volunteer coordinator, Desiree, provided us with lots of fun facts about micro plastics and the environment. We were shocked by the amount of micro plastics that were all over the beach! We had three hours to clean up about a mile and a half of the beach, but we got a little bit over enthusiastic and focused on the micro plastics in the first 500 feet, and spent about two hours in that little patch. Overall, we collected about 10 bags of micro plastics, so we probably saved a ton of turtles! We were pretty wiped out after the clean up, so we rested for a little bit, and then had dinner. We realized that a combination of Mexican food and mac and cheese is actually delish! The freshmen had their dinner, so the sophomores, juniors, and seniors went to Dairy Queen. All in all, we had a great day!"