Wednesday, the rains came in the late afternoon, and then just
stayed. The boat definitely got a good fresh water rinse. On Thursday
we took the dinghy over to the good snorkeling spot around the
corner, a lovely beach as well. All of the islands has signs saying
private island for resort guests only, except there is no one there.
We had a lovely snorkel, and
spent some time admiring a big Octopus, while a large snapper kept
a watch on us. Then we found a lovely round fish, about two feet
long with cute big eyes and a little mouth watching us from under
a rock. Lance named him E.T. and when we got back to the boat,
we found out that he is a porcupine fish, who puffs up and has
spines when annoyed. We decided to stay in our anchorage, since
the weather continued to blow and the other end of the Sound still
looked quite crowded -- we knew the anchor was holding, why change
So today, Friday, we had a long snorkel
-- many large sea slugs and conches --
moved to a mooring at the Bitter
End Yacht Club, and went ashore to admire the island. Everyone
says that the New
Years Week is the busiest week of the year, and then it quiets
down until mid February, when it picks up and stays busy until
high season ends in April/May. It is a luxury to be able to hang
out in the same place and not move on at the Charterer's pace.
We still need some help from the local Marine businesses, so we
figure they will have time for us next week, and meanwhile, we
relax and enjoy the scene.
I think that being a working mom was good training for
cooking on the boat. It is too hot to spend hours cooking, so the best meals
are quick stove top meals. I always said that I was the queen of 30 minute dinners,
so I'm adjusting to what's available here, and we are eating well. Most all fruits
and vegetables are imported, so not only are they pricy, but they aren't that
fresh. I got a huge fresh bok choy for $1, so we had chow mein, and then green
curry, and tonight we're going to make a spicy marinated salad. I think I'll
to come up with a couple more uses for it, before we'll have it finished.
We think our first visitors are booking for February.
Hopefully, more of you will decide to come. For those landlubbers who are nervous
about boat motion, book a place on land, and have some lovely sail and snorkel
trips with your friends. Post a message on traveltalkonline.com and you'll get
suggestions. We think Leverick Bay Resort looks like a lovely spot, and Cooper
Island Beach Club. Bitter End is marvelous, though pricey, but compared to Necker
Island, which is $15k-30k per NIGHT all inclusive for you and about 20 of your
friends and relatives, it looks like a deal.
Note to Beth: our insurance specifically excludes Cuba,
Haiti and Columbia. My guess is that we'll be sticking to the Island Chain --
First the Virgins, then the Leeward Islands, and then the Windwards, if we get
that far. So after BVI and US Virgins, we'll head for St. Martin.