Caribbean Adventures Part TWO!

A Month In Review

So, here we are on the islands that I believe orient in the wrong direction… east to west is not good!  We have so taken for granted the Caribbean islands that lie with a lovely north/south orientation.. .making sailing and protected anchorages a breeze….not so with the US and BVI’s.  Beating into the wind, finding anchorages out of the swell,hiding from the continued blow of the “Christmas Winds”…… This, in addition to a number of other factors, have made us go …. Screeeeeeeech, stop the laurels of our last blog entry when we were singing the praises of the Virgin Islands.

After our great visit to Culebra (a Spanish Virgin Island) we then headed to St. Thomas and St, Johns of the USVI’s for provisioning and exploring.  Wow, the cost of groceries is astronomical in comparison to what we have been accustomed.  Clear evidence as we all exclaimed over finding an avocado for $.99 instead of the $4.00 (US) we had been seeing….yes, our lives are simple.  Combined with the falling Canadian dollar provisioning has certainly become a challenge.  Our experience in St. Thomas, although short and perhaps not a fair stab, was disappointing.  Busy, busy, busy and the folk do not rise up to the incredible welcome and friendliness we have experienced in all of the Caribbean islands in the chain south.  On a morning run we pass the usual side of the road litter but also many shells from someone taking shots at a road sign…just not the same!

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the crazy busy port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

 

A beautiful stop at Great St. James Island

Christmas Cove

Christmas Cove

how appropo that I found Christmas Tree worms here

how appropo that I found Christmas Tree worms here

is the tide gonna reach my chair?

is the tide gonna reach my chair?

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St. John’s, with most of the island a designated park, is beautiful and worthy of many days of exploration.  However, like most anchorages here it requires a $15/day mooring ball fee.  We did have some great hikes, runs and snorkeling though.

a morning run on the great trail network on St. John's

a morning run on great trail network on St. John’s

celebrating our "shitizenship" in the Free Republic of Pavo Real

celebrating our “shitizenship” in the Free Republic of Pavo Real

Camp Grenada reunites!

Camp Grenada reunites!

if only Glen would get OUT and help it would be a lot easier!

if only Glen would get OUT and help it would be a lot easier!

It was also the backdrop for  a memorable celebration of the life of a dear sailing friend.   Surrounded by many friends from Camp Grenada we were able to toast in style on the beach and bid a teary farewell to John… until we meet again.

a ti punch tribute

a ti punch tribute

a loving celebration for a special friend

a loving celebration for a special friend

Sadly, we weren’t able to stick around for another special celebration for Doug’s 60th as we had calls to head back for a boat viewing.  And so we spent another 4 days amidst the crazy charter cruising community in Tortola at Soper’s Hole and Road Town!  And mooring balls in the BVI’s are $30/day.  Yikes!!!! Get me out of here was often my last thought before nodding off.

Trellis Bay, Tortola was next on the agenda to experience the festivities of the Full Moon Party …and what a party it was!

Trellis Bay, getting ready for the full moon fun

Trellis Bay, getting ready for the full moon fun

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the dancing jumbies

the dancing jumbies

what????  Rudy???

what???? Rudy???

The Dark N Stormy Regatta to Anegada also began from the same location shortly after and with much deliberation we finally decided to take part in a limited fashion.  It was great fun and provided one last chance for many of the“Camp Grenada” clan to spend time together before heading separate ways.  The island of Anegada is spectacular – a lot like Barbuda – low lying, remote, friendly and undeveloped and is definitely worth a return trip.

 

sailing up to Anegada

sailing up to Anegada

a 21 person after party on Banyan!

a 21 person after party on Banyan!

salt ponds

salt ponds

and mud flats

and mud flats

flamingos on the far shore

flamingos on the far shore

stunning anchorage

stunning anchorage

signing up for fun and games of the regatta

signing up for fun and games of the regatta

kite flying

kite flying

sand sculpture

sand sculpture

dinghy racing - Dave goes all out - just missing first place

dinghy racing – Dave goes all out – just missing first place

the famous 'cornhole' tourney

the famous ‘cornhole’ tourney

collecting my prize for ladies horeshoes

collecting my prize for ladies horeshoes

Notre Vie on the return trip

Notre Vie on the return trip

Banyan zooming by

Banyan zooming by

a final hurrah at the awards ceremony

a final hurrah at the awards ceremony

As a friend recently commented.. it isn’t always the places that we remember but the times we have shared with great friends and this is so true!  So Virgin Islands, Leeward or Windward Islands – they are all spectacular in their own way and we continue to have great adventures with fantastic friends!

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Comments on: "A Month In Review" (1)

  1. Great post Dalynn. See you soon!

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