**Update*** November 4 and here we are in Grenada (still)…And so, we wait. Not away as planned but hopefully soon come! Final panel install now Sunday….so we will check out and do last minute errands Monday and depart Tuesday (fingers crossed). All is good as the winds look a little better waiting the extra day and the other bonus will be to be able to hook up with friends tomorrow for a farewell grill ..
Cannot believe today is October 31!!! Just where the time has gone I am unsure. It has been a very busy 6 weeks since our last update. Lots of Halloween fun was had by all…. Secret Harbor party – not quite a “cruiser event” … sure miss those bashes!
Of course no sailor’s discussion is anything without talk of the weather…many of our chores have had to be completed dodging showers! And deluges! And squalls and full on days of rain. It has certainly been a very wet and unusual rainy season in Grenada this year. Despite the weather we have been able to check off almost everything on our TO DO list. As often happens, the majority accomplished in the last week as we make mad preparations to head out of Camp Grenada.
One of our major boat projects (and dollars) has included installing solar. This is almost completed as we just await the final mounting. We have already seen great rewards to our batteries. Our new dinghy is finally out of its “break in” phase and can go like stink. And of course, the best addition to GC was last week’s installment of our onboard washing machine. Now, THIS is a luxury and in the long run saves money and lots and lots of headaches.
The reference in the title to the other “scary stuff” entails the boys truly horrible, nasty and smelly job yesterday. As our cruising friends and those who have visited and lived with us know, boat life isn’t just “margaritas, beaches and sun tans” there are always endless boat chores that include cleaning, maintaining, scrubbing servicing, and repairing of just about anything. On the top of the “ugly” list is dealing with the heads (toilets that is) and yes, yesterday was one ugly chore as we dealt with the leaking and plugged holding tank. No more needs to be said other than at the end a lot of disinfectant was required for the tools and people involved.
In between the boat work we were consumed by the amazing 1000th Hash Week. This kept us busy every single day of the week… so well organized and executed, this Kennel (Hash Club) is truly fantastic. We will miss our mud-packed Saturday afternoons.
Yoga and volleyball sessions have also been such great fun and these too will be missed but I am sure we can fill the time with hiking, snorkeling and new island explorations. It will be great to be “on the move” again.
So move it is… and soon. Today we get some provisioning done, tomorrow we scrape barnacles and growth off the bottom and we hope to have a short test sail by Friday to make sure everything is in order after our careful servicing and idle months.
We are really excited to be heading to some “new waters” for us … Tobago! This island has been on our list for sure and reports are of a beautiful, remote and laid back island with superb beaches and diving. Add to this mix the fun that we will have as we explore with some great new, crazy French Canadian friends and good friend Dave too! From there the plan is to sail to Barbados (another new one for us) and then on to St. Lucia at the end of November where we hope to be able to meet Dave and Alex’s arrival as they complete a passage as crew from the Canary Islands.
And so are anticipating an exciting cruising season. We are looking forward to exploring new waters as well as revisiting some old favorites. Mixed in of course, will be the heart wrenching visits to islands recovering from Irma and Maria’s devastation. We will be monitoring safety and security of these islands and making those decisions as we travel but hoping to spend some time in Dominica for sure lending any assistance that we can. And then….we have no agenda… wherever the wind blows us (in a nice manner that is)….