S: By Michael Crosby
FC: Juan Ponce De Leon ~ Fountain of Youth ~ Journal
1: August 8, 1513 I gained permission by the Spanish Crown to explore an island called Bimini, I am in search for a rumored fountain that will restore health, beauty, and, best of all, age! Yes a wondrous sight to see! I've heard it rumored by the natives in San Juan, but i don't know if I should trust them. I am acting on my instinct and taking the trip. My men ask whose financing the trip and how much supplies do we are carrying. The trip is payed for by the Spanish Crown. I am taking fifty of the healthiest, strongest young men I could find in San Juan. I've taking two months' supplies; I hope I calculated right so we don't run out. We are preparing to sail off now. ~ Juan Ponce De Leon
2: September 12, 1513 | It has been a month now. My men are tired of this trip and, frankly, I'm tired of hearing them! I am very annoyed of my men all they do is complain. We have enough supplies for two more days, three of my men are sick, not fatally I hope, and we are all tired of the trip so I hope we get there soon. The only stop we made was to catch fish, but to no avail unfortunately. My men argue among each other and me about anything they can think of, from a bird to missing bread! We are all stressed & wish to be back home with our families. This trip is nothing any of us expected; a short trip straight to Bimini, but my expectations failed me and my men. In the distance I can see a storm moving in, we are running low on water and need the rain anyway.I am going below deck now. ~ Juan Ponce De Leon
4: September 17, 1513 | We have finally landed!I thought the storm would have blown us off track but we made it! My men cheer of happy cries, but we are all weak of hunger. If we didn't make it any sooner my men would have pushed me overboard. WE ran out of food 2 days ago and still have 2 sick men, but luckily no fatalities. We are preparing to set up camp; a simple fire started by logs.
5: The place looks so floral and vast! There are bright brilliant flowers and trees everywhere! Bimini is everything I've expected! We keep hearing footsteps and noises in the vast vegetation, but I reassured my men it is just animals native to the island, too bad i can't tell myself that. As far as we can tell there are no natives around, hopefully we don't run into any. We hope to find gold and other valuables along the way. ~ Juan Ponce De Leon