Altair's Cruz Nuz

cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca

25 October 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
25 September 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
28 July 2011 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club!
27 July 2011 | Key Biscayne, Florida
27 July 2011 | Stiltsville and Miami just across the Bay.
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream...
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream, Here we come!
26 July 2011 | Sweet and Very Special Bahamas...Goodbye...for now!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay's floral gifts!
26 July 2011 | The surf at Honeymoon Harbor!
26 July 2011 | Our last island wonderland...before the Concrete Jungle....
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay...Practicing walking on land...
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...very cool!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...We like it!
25 July 2011 | A very Busy Honeymoon Harbor!
25 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor, Lee side of Gun Cay
25 July 2011 | Bimini, Our Beloved Bahamas!
24 July 2011 | Bimini, Big Game Club Marina!

Green Day Hike with the EAG...

28 February 2009 | Boggy Peak/Now Obama Mountain, Antigua!
Becca B, first mate only mate
I'm so syked!!!

I heard mid-week that there was to be another walk with the Environmental Awareness Group today! I WANTED TO GO BADLY, LOTSLY. It was to be a hike up to the top of Boggy Peak, now called "Mount Obama"! (More on that in the "Island History" category!) Getting to the Agricultural Station in Christian Valley by 7am was going to be the challenge. I called for help from Judy of English Harbor Radio. If after announcing the event, would she add: "Altair wants to share a taxi, early Saturday am, call on Ch. 68 after the net". Judy was kind enough to do this for me for two days, but I didn't get one call. I finally reached Cap Green, who's the one organizing this hike on this end of the island. It turns out, he's a very 'green' guy (pun is appropriate) because he's an EAG board member (making his name even more punny, ugh). He not only picked me up and took me to the site but I had the good fortune to be in the company of Chris Platt, dedicated to the cause botanist, Nigel Whittington, Island Academy, EAG Activist and Professional mountain climber, and three super guides who were all equipped with bird, flora, fauna and Antigua knowledge to share.

The turnout was delightful! There was a huge group that was representing the EAG, either board, active or soon to be members. Then the rest of us, mere eco-novi (pl?), who were willing to learn and contribute $ to help the work continue. These walks transpire monthly around the island and I was thrilled to participate at this one! The group gathered at the Agricultural Mango Research Station in Christian Valley. This place is distinctive in that it is doing research on the most prestigious collection of mangos species in the world. They're renown for their work with guava and citrus too, with groves in abundance for as long as the eye can see. The AMRS is located at the base of the highest point on the island at 1319' which has been known as Boggy Peak until this year's election of the US President when they renamed it Obama Mountain.

For all those of you who know me, know I didn't waste a moment meeting the locals, cruisers and guides. Some were local lovers of nature who enjoyed sharing their generous acts of green help, a few cruiser's like us who agree to help protect and respect the islands we visit, and the guides who were extremely proud of their work to help protect the island from varments like goats, developers and non-indigenous plants.

They've done this before and know how to coordinate this many people. They counted us and insisted we stay with a buddy to prevent getting separated from the group and lost in the rain forest. Can't even imagine wandering around aimlessly after dark, in the forest....LOST AND ALONE!. Yeiks! We were advised to visit the 'facilities' because it was going to be hours before we got back. I quickly jumped at the opportunity, being a big water drinker, but I missed being counted, I thought. When I returned I asked to get a number because my buddy was #34. They HAD already assigned me either #1 or #2, How funny.

Kim was our group's EAG guide and she's a native. She believes we should all do our part yet she has a personal stake in the island...to save her and all fellow islander's homeland. I liked her alot, too. She was extemely knowledgeable and effervescent in addition to being loud enough so all of us behind her could hear what she was describing along the way. Her sense of humor was infectious. When you're climbing, more than 'walking or hiking' very much UP a mountain, you're breathing heavily and laughing, at yourself, alot. Just as we were entering the dense, really high forest before us, she described a voracious fig tree which will overtake and completely consume a host tree and stated they were'rootless', arrrrrrrrrr! I noticed the air starting to thin out, the higher we puffed. Laughing is normally effortless, but today it was 'breathless', HAH! Sorry.

It really was invigorating exercise and we cleaned up too. Cap and others bring bags for these hikes for rubbish removal along the trial! You would not believe the garbage! This IS A PROTECTED SITE FOR GOD'S SAKE! Car batteries, boat ladders, shoes, lots of them...bottles and plastic jugs, trash everywhere. Articles are being published in the local papers since the renaming of Boggy Peak, reflecting a concern that this nature trail, being the special place it is, will be compromised. They will have to work even harder to insure it's protection now! I emphatically agree with them. We just have to help in whatever way we know how to preserve our world for our kids and their kids. Extremely worthy, doncha think?

Mrs. Lisa Nicholson and her daughter were there. We asked her daughter who came up in her truck to take all that garbage down the mountain for us and she didn't hesitate even a blink to help either. That was gosh darn convenient for the hikers leaving our hands free for 'hugging' the trail on the way down. It was whispered Mrs. Nicholson was related to Vernon. That would be Commander Vernon Nicholson, who sailed into English Harbor back in l947. She was a spry old gal having not one bit of problem getting up or down that hill, ummmm, mountain. She was trying to tell a fellow 'old' geezer that they were septuagenarians, and proud of being able to keep up with the youngsters. Now think about it. If she is 70 to 80 years old, you do the math. I think she could've been the Commander's wife. Ok, I did the math and she'd have to be a 13 year old bride if she's 75. So maybe she's a descendant. A daughter. Would his wife have been on the boat with him? hmmm.. I'm going to have to find her and ask. She was very interesting.

By the time we got to the bottom of that mountain, I found out that she had gone to Harvard and majored in Fine Arts! We had been talking about art for the last hour while tripping, slipping and gripping trees and giggling all through our visit. All day long we had been climbing under and over roots. We tried bracing and grabbing at trees and brush to keep from catapulting down a ravine. All of us successfully traversed a river bed that meandered back and forth across our trail up and down the mountain with big, medium and slimy moss covered boulders and rocks. She was amazing! Just like my incredibly vigorous love, Dudley.

When we reached the end of the trail we followed the fruit groves, where we were enticed by the guides to check out the guava trees. They were demonstrating the act of devouring the delectible bounty and we had no trouble joining in on the...beautiful, colorful, tart quava! There were ripe ones everywhere that had fallen and I shared a few fresh, never been processed guava with Lisa. It was awesome and we ate the skin, they knew it to be very tender and pleasingly edible too. I've only had it sweetened to fill a pastry and it was much better this way... yummmmmy.

Exileratingly adventurous to say the least. The trail was magnificent, we got a great work out and we can say we climbed Obama Mountain. Thank you EAG! Thank you Cap, Chris, Nigel, and Kim, et.al.
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Vessel Name: Altair
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34'
Hailing Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Crew: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
About: Dudley has owned this Tartan sloop and has been cruising on her since 1986. Becky joined the good sloop back in 2000 when we first started cruising together and he has been 'training' me ever since! I couldn't be happier! I've been sailing all my life, but cruising is a whole different fish!
Extra: This is the most extended cruise we've braved on this wonderful, old boat of ours which is planned to be about 2 years! We left Miami in late February of 2008 and want to get below the hurricane belt by the end of July! Ok, so it's July, 2011...we're close, but not home yet!
Altair's Photos - Main
Shots from the windward mark aboard Kuhala!
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Created 13 May 2011
Spectacular Flora and Villa!
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Created 13 May 2011
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Created 9 January 2011
Flora, fauna and friends!
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Created 3 January 2011
Can come home without visiting this Clan!
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Created 4 May 2010
Kayaking in West Palm Beach!
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Created 4 May 2010
They are so proud of the independence and their Flag! Hopefully the USA will be too!
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Created 10 February 2010
Gorgeous, first class location in the middle the south coast of Shangrila, Grenada!
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Created 10 February 2010
An international celebration and gathering to educate!
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Created 10 February 2010
Our 10th Anniversary and Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party!
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Created 10 February 2010
Nellie and Phil hosting a thoroughly English feast with a British Christmas pudding to boot!
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Created 10 February 2010
Fish Friday tour with Cutty on the northwest coast of Grenada!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Spectacular Waterfalls and hiking
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Created 9 February 2010
Lots of work to be done...6 days of non stop big stuff!
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Created 9 February 2010
What a great night of Jazz with good friends, Olga, Don, Neal, Donna and Barry!
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Created 9 February 2010
National Colors Day, Don, Olga, Inga and Hal, Steve, Angel and Steve the chef!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Independence...Spectacular Day!
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Created 9 February 2010
Amazing Hike with Cliffon as Guide, Karine, Pierre, Marilyn and Me!
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Created 18 January 2010
We love Calle Ocho! We are back in Miami! Buenos Noches!
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Created 18 January 2010
Dudley's best friend with his beautiful, brilliant new love, Loni!
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Created 18 January 2010
Our Private Sailing Club and some of our long lost buddies!
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Created 18 January 2010
Love the New Green Canopy!
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Created 18 January 2010
West Palm Beach Clan
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Created 18 January 2010
Heading to Windward Coast and Grenville's Carnival!
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Created 24 September 2009
Gearing up for Carnival, Grenadian Stlye!
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Created 15 September 2009
Nice Party, Great Man, Cool location!
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Created 13 September 2009
WOW!!!
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Created 13 September 2009
First Peek @ The Lagoon, The Carenage and the Locals
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Created 13 September 2009
Very nice for a marina! Wow.
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Created 13 September 2009
What a great Festival of the Arts.
28 Photos
Created 5 July 2009
Our new past time...hiking to new heights!
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Created 5 July 2009
Whit/Sun/Tide Regatta
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Created 4 July 2009
"The beginning of the Grenedines for us...we want more".
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Created 29 June 2009
"On the Road Again", Day 2. Martinique
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Created 29 June 2009
"On the road Again!" Expolored Martinique by car with Lynn and Lew on Sea Wings
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Created 29 June 2009
Catching up with Old Friends
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Created 28 June 2009
Domineeka, Part 2
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Created 10 April 2009
Dominica, West Indies
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Created 10 April 2009
A ONE NIGHT STAND...
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Created 30 March 2009
Virgin Islands over to the Leewards at last...
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Created 29 March 2009
Je Suis alle enTerre d'en Bas par Ferry!
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Created 29 March 2009
Christmas Cove, St. James Isl., St. Thomas and St. John...
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Created 28 March 2009
We loved them...sailing, diving and parties were GREAT.
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Created 27 March 2009
Two weeks of waiting for wind to die down! Too much fun!
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Created 27 March 2009
Super! Parfait! St. Barts! Very FRENCH!!!!
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Created 26 March 2009
Spectacular Vistas!
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Created 26 March 2009
This is an historically packed delight!
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Created 26 March 2009
NY Eve Party with Jane and Andy on the lawn at Nelson's Dockyard!!!!
11 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Maltese Falcon Fundraiser
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Created 25 March 2009
We're in fairyland...how quaint!
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Created 24 March 2009
Our pheromones are connected somehow!!!!
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Created 11 March 2009
EAG hike to top of Boggy Peak, with nature lovers, botanists, board members
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Created 4 March 2009

S/V ALTAIR

Who: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club