|When we left the states in Feb 2006 heading into the Bahamas and then down to the Caribbean we got nervous about
being down in Trinidad by July for the hurricane season. We put a rush on and only spent a few days in the USVI's
before sailing on to St. Martin, so we felt like it was high time to spent some time exploring the upper area of the EC
from the BVI's back west through Puerto Rico. We decided to spend the remains of the winter/spring season up in
the area and use dry storage facilities of Puerto Del Rey in Fajardo, PR for hurricane storage, then come back next
season and go west to east back through them again.
We had a small weather window to visit the Baths on Virgin Gorda. We had some great swimming and a calm night
anchored off. Of course, we were one of the smallest yachts out there - LOTS of big, fancy charter yachts. We spent
several days around Drake's anchorage, Leverick's, Saba Rock. Prickley Pear and Savannah Bay before heading
around to the Baths, and on to the other BVI.
|Areas around Anse Marcel and Grand Case, on the French side of St. Martin
|Our Current Location and Updates
|In the midst of all the yard craziness we got to visit with some of our very favorite people! Jacqui, Matt, Jackson
and Gracie came for a weekend. Lots of fun showing them the house and just generally having a fine old visit.
Thanks for coming!!
|Late May found us at Puerto Del Rey Marina prepping for summer storage after a few blissful weeks in Culebra. Next
thing we know we are back in Florida and ready to start on this years projects.
|...and VOILA! Love how it turned out.
|February Bash at the house (including live music)
and to the left a group go for pizza at Al Porto
|How about this weird vegetation
|The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI
|Below are a couple of shots of Sandy Spit, Little Jost Van Dyke and across to Canegarden Bay on Tortola. A really
cool spot even though it picks up a lot of day traffic and charterers. Good holding in sand and plenty of breeze.
|A shot from White Bay on Jost Van Dyke. We were
there on a weekend and it was really hectic to say the
Didn't have much luck anchoring in Great Hbr or Little
Hbr so we took a mooring on occassion.
|A visitor in our slip at Puerto Del Rey Marina and Dreamtime stands by until next year.
|After deciding to store the boat in Puerto Rico this summer we headed over to the USVI's on our meander to PR. St.
John's is a National Park so we could use our (ahem) Senior Pass to get half price moorings in the various bays, what
with anchoring not being allowed within the park areas. We spent a fair amount of time in Francis Bay and Leinster
Bay before heading over to Culebra and Puerto Rico.
Below are some shots that Ed took from above (of course) of Leinster Bay and Coral Bay. He made the trek up to the
Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins then headed over to take a peek at the anchorage at Coral Bay.
|Here comes the outdoor projects. Ed tackles prepping for the Queen Palms that will be planted in place of the holly trees
cut down last summer, and I will tackle getting rid of the overgrown, ugly/dirty white rockpile that is my front yard.
|The "before" of the overgrown mess - I really got my exersize hauling off the rock and all. Believe it
or not, it was FUN! I've always loved instant gratification.
|Queen Palms in and just need to finalize
landscaping with flowers and mulch - yay!
|In the late afternoon the guides would find a suitable beach and the evening setup would begin. Forming a line
the passengers would hand everything out of the raft and onto shore. Gathering their drybags and camping
equipment, each person would find a spot and get settled. Most used the tents but Ed opted to sleep under the
stars the whole time. He had great weather for it and was able to do some wonderful stargazing.
|Ed's campsite for the night, including chair and
rinsed out laundry.
|Most days included a side trip hike to other
streams, pools or waterfalls.
|You would never think that the trip includes
over 60 rapids loking at this shot!
|Headed back to the real world
|(not my photo)
|One of the permiere stops on our trip was our 4 night stint in the Cherokee Nat'l Park at Cardens Bluff Campground
which is located on a bluff overlooking Watauga Lake, TN. In late October with it's chilly evenings (high-30's to
mid-40's while we were there), the campground was pretty deserted. The Nat'l Park Svc closes the park right around
Halloween, so we had our pick of campsites. We thought #25 was best!
|Cumberland State Park Dam
|A driving trip was next up on our agenda, the Blue Ridge Parkway. We spent a couple of days in the Asheville, NC area
enjoying a bit of downtown touring and catching a brew and a burger at the Asheville Brewing Company before heading
up into the mountains on a loop to Hot Springs and back. We also visited the Folk Art Center (on the parkway) and spent
several hours and $$ there, it was fascinating and there was much to see. In fact, the quality of the handcrafted goods
was such that we also stopped at the Southern Highland Craft Guild the next morning before heading south on the
Parkway. A couple of vistas from the parkway and a commercial photo of the Folk Art Center (below).
|While in Bowling Green we also visited the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University. They
had a myriad of displays ranging from hand-crafted fine furniture to textiles, historical exhibits and even a Duncan
Hines exhibit, he being a famous son and all.
|I've also been playing around with some fabric projects and generally having fun with that. What are they you
ask? Handcrafted trivets which double as decorative wall hangings in between uses.