Marcia & Amanda's Great Adventure 2020

Marcia & Amanda's Great Adventure 2020

Here we are again, Marcia & Amanda’s Great Adventure 2020:

Virtual Power Swim Fundraiser.

Let's keep going- I think we are just getting 'fired up'. Maybe we are only 1/2 way there? Amanda & I are so humbled (but not surprised) there has been this quick response to this fruitful endeavor.

Thank you!


If you remember, almost two years ago after two devastating hurricanes hit St. John, I, not so reluctantly, agreed to participate in the 2018 Beach-to-Beach Power Swim--Hurricane Edition. It was Amanda’s suggestion. She was in the water, right by my side cheering me on. At the same time, Amanda was making us all proud with her own spectacular performance. Revisit the account of that amazing event here!


Last year (2019), with no family on island, I needed a little talk with myself: ‘to compete or not to compete.’ I couldn’t come up with a good reason not to participate. What could possibly hold me back? Was I worried I wouldn’t win? Hardly! I did the Beach-to-Beach solo with family support from afar. And again placed ‘First in my age group’ (oh, the advantages of being over 70!).


In 2020, swimming continues to be our salvation. In a world of uncertainty, our waters and beaches provide an oasis of serenity. It was a difficult time when Governor Bryan closed access to the beaches: “no singular or group use for 50 feet above surf line to water’s edge.” He stated that the National Guard would be patrolling the beaches daily. This sounded pretty definitive! We managed to survive the next (3) weeks ‘With No Swim’. April 20 was the ‘Happy Reunion Day’ when all beaches were open (and it was my birthday)! I couldn’t ask for a better gift.


This year the Power Swim will be held virtually in recognition of social distance recommendations and again will benefit the ‘Learn to Swim’ program on the island. With so much love for the ‘gift of swim’ in this tropical winter home, St. John, I embrace the opportunity to support this cause. 


I figure I swim at least 5 times a week and about 1.75 miles each time. I plan to keep that schedule through the ‘Virtual Power Swim’ deadline of June 30, which is about 5 weeks from now--for a total of almost 44 miles. Amanda will swim just as much as her 2- and 7- year old sons will allow! And if all you who appreciate our joy in this water activity would pledge just 50 cents per mile, I think WE could make a difference! 


When I'm not swimming or at home on the property with abundant barnyard and most importantly, my grandchildren (but no renters), you'll also find me enjoying an early morning hike up the King Highway to the smoothie stand on the Centerline Road--a new activity for me borne out of necessity when the beaches were closed. I found audiobooks to be a gracious companion. 1.5 hours round trip, equal to about 3.7 miles, 10,538 steps, or 41 flights climbed, according to my phone’s ‘heart app’. So I feel strong and grateful.


Times are tough all around. Feel no obligation. Donate if/what feels right. And visit us whenever possible. :)


Thank you,

Me & Amanda







Honor Roll

$35.00

Rebecca Chagrasulis
Jun 19, 2020
Maine, United States

$65.00

Mary Allen
Jun 5, 2020
Maine, United States

“Will be with you in virtual spirit!”

$100.00

Midra Miller
Jun 3, 2020
Colorado, United States

“Yeah! Go forth all yee waterlovers! And be safe!”

$100.00

Betsy Allen-McPhedran
Jun 1, 2020
Maine, United States

$9.00

Marisa Martino
May 28, 2020
District of Columbia, United States

“This is wonderful! I hope next year that you will actually get in the water to do this!!”

$150.00

Caroline Rogers
May 27, 2020
St. John, VI

$30.00

Anonymous
May 26, 2020
Florida, United States

“Happy to support wonderful VI National Park and your efforts. Everyone should know how to swim! Glad Haven is introducing Julie to snorkeling, one of my favorite pastimes.”

$50.00

Gisela Zelenka-Drysdale
May 26, 2020
Wisconsin, United States

“Love that blue water!”

$65.00

Sally Dillon
May 26, 2020
Massachusetts, United States

“You go girl (s)”

$100.00

Elizabeth Fisher
May 26, 2020
Maine, United States

“great cause.”

$50.00

Cate Poole
May 25, 2020
New Hampshire, United States

$65.00

Jacqueline Nowell
May 24, 2020
District of Columbia, United States

$65.00

Julie Hawkins Boone
May 24, 2020
Virginia, United States

$50.00

Lisa Wallace
May 24, 2020
Maine, United States

$150.00

Sue Allen
May 23, 2020
Maine, United States

$50.00

Roberta Sprague
May 23, 2020
Maine, United States

“two of my favorite fish: Marcia and Amanda! love you!”

$44.00

Erica Stewart
May 23, 2020
District of Columbia, United States

$100.00

Tom Keller
May 22, 2020
Maine, United States

$65.00

Anonymous
May 22, 2020
Texas, United States

RAISED
$1,343.00
GOAL
$400.00

19 donors
Ends Today!


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