n the British Virgin Islands, the people, boats, roads, houses and cars were not the only things torn asunder and sent into serious disarray by the one-two punch of powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria in fall 2017. So were the trees. In the immediate aftermath of the treacherous storms last September, the hills were literally denuded of all foliage, as barren and fallow as could be. Then, about a month later, a tiny miracle started to occur. What was once stripped and stark suddenly began to sprout back to life. When our charter party — my girlfriend, Sasha, my colleague Parker Stair and his wife, Karen — arrived almost three months to the day after the eye of the storm passed over Tortola, carrying reported gusts of 280 knots and wreaking unimaginable havoc, the hills were again truly lush and green. It was remarkable. As one islander put it so succinctly, “Whatever was made by man was destroyed. Whatever happens in nature has already begun to return.” And when we arrived at the base of the Sunsail and Moorings charter operations on Tortola’s Wickham’s Cay on December 9, the day they reopened for business after a hiatus due to the damage from the storms, the docks were beginning to bustle. As with the sprigs on those hillside forests, a semblance of order was being restored.