I’ll add more later – but this is what our past week looked like:)
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We are back to our ‘home base’, Tortola…. Arriving here was a little like ‘coming home’ as we have lots of friendly faces and connections to hook up with. We have determined, even with our limited experience, that this is truly the best kept secret…… a beautiful retreat, safe, super friendly complete with incredible amenities. We have met many cruisers who base themselves here and spend the winter just puttering about the BVI’s and returning to Nanny Cay every now and then as a base. It is easy to see how this is also a great way to go.
We had a super week in the US Virgin Islands. We stopped at St. Thomas to do some additional provisioning for the boat at the Kmart and Home Depot and then we headed to St.John. Over half of this fabulous little island is National Park and we found several great bays off the beaten path. Hikes/trail runs ashore were an invigorating way to get the heart started each morning as every trail leads to a viewpoint up high. Afternoons were spent puttering on the boat – we found a roll of shade screen at Home Depot that I pieced together into roll down shades for the cockpit. It makes a huge difference and we are really enjoying that. Of course the afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a snorkel/swim. There are always lots of fish and critters to entertain and amuse. I’ll admit, I am getting anxious for Rob to arrive with our dive gear so I can get down under and up closer with the fishes.
For the next week or so we are heading north to explore the island of Jost Van Dyke. Apparently this remote island is yet another little jewel in the sea. We will return for our last farewell visit to provision and see friends before picking up Rob on March 5. It will be sad to note that we probably won’t return to the BVI’s until our “time is up” and it is time to sell the boat, as it is a difficult sail back across from St. Martin.
One final note of excitement – we finally bought a BBQ yesterday…. So Glen was able to christen it tonight and have his steak dinner at last….ahhh it doesn’t get much better he says.
We left the country a month ago and we are amazed at how time flies! Life if good; we are really enjoying this new lifestyle and feel grateful and blessed each day to be living our dream!
From a local magazine I read today some lines that spoke to my heart as we reflected on our week on and below the seas in the national parks on St. John!
How can we not be excited by the tropical underwater scene?
It is a constantly moving ballet of strange and colorful shapes.
The show is repeated every day and yet it continues to evolve,
imperceptibly, so that we are not even aware or it.
The underwater fauna never ceases bustling, dancing, hunting, dying.
The scene is constantly renewed, so long as nature sometimes,
and man frequently today, does not intervene to suddenly interrupt the show.