Hurry Up and Wait

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 1

Anyone who has ever been in the military will understand the concept of hurry up and wait better than those that haven’t. It’s not so much that there’s a mad dash to get ready only to sit there for a long while. After the long wait comes another mad dash.

That’s pretty much how the morning started. We got up, we got ready and…waited. We had all of our equipment but no way to get it to the site. At some point there was a truck and everyone piled in to the site. Well, everyone except me and another guy. We were left to guard all the bags which were still in the airport as we had no way to get them there. So then there’s more waiting. And more waiting. And more. Until finally one guy showed up with a truck he’d somehow gotten and we had 45 minutes to move as much as possible. Mad dash.

We’re right next to the airport so we haven’t really been out to see what there is to see, but so far we’ve seen this:


Then came getting all the tents up. We are beddown on the University of the Virgin Islands sports field. There was some issue as to exactly where we were supposed to be but eventually it got sorted out. But that meant that by the afternoon we really didn’t have much set up. So for tonight we have the at least three tents set up. Tomorrow we’ll get the latrines, showers, and washers up. Hey, it’s the Air Force.

It’s been raining on and off all day. And with the humidity, even when it’s not raining the air is still wet. It’s okay though, the tents have AC (See previous comment about Air Force). On the up side we did get to see this:


Even with all the devastation there’s still an amazing beauty here.

Author: Jonathan Rodriguez-Lucas

I've traveled the world, but the exploration never ends. I've run marathons, but the race is far from over. I've completed life goals, but strive for more. I have questions with no answers, and answers to questions I've yet to ask.

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