Eighty-nine-year-old Joy Ryan and her 38-year-old grandson Brad Ryan enjoyed all the Virgin Islands National Park has to offer this week. The duo set out on boating trips with Palm Tree Charters, Flyaway Charters, and Kekoa; they hiked Lind Point Trail to Honeymoon Beach; and they spotted sea turtles while kayaking in the calm waters of Maho Bay. The trip’s inspiration began in 2015, when a series of events pushed Brad to make a seven hour-long road trip west with his grandmother riding shotgun.

An Ohio native, Brad battled depression and even suicidal thoughts as he worked his way through veterinary school at Ohio State University. When a second-year student killed himself in September 2015, Brad knew he needed to find something to fill his cup.