07/11/2010, Lower Woburn, South Coast Grenada!
We are going to miss Grenada's Carnival because we have to be home for a family event on the 31st! Shucks@#$%^%$#@$^&!!!
We have connections in high places though...my friends Violet and Nigel at Whisper Cove filled us in on the ferocity of Grenadians when it comes to Carnival! They've been rehearsing for months and are starting to bring their music, magic and dancing on the streets a month early for "Block-Os" to work out the kinks!
It's nice to have the inside skinny! We dragged a few cruising friends, Carolyn, Danny, Carol and John and it's wonderful to feel so at peace with the locals! Thanks Violet...thanks Nigel! Thanks Grenada!
Dudley is checking out the local magician!
Dudley and Bec
07/10/2010, Woburn...Panorama Heaven....
It's nice to have a break from the SUN! It's great to have a fellow photographer friend! Thanks Carol! Thanks Grenada!
07/08/2010, Linzee's Cafe...
It seems we are acting like we're never coming back. Dudley is going with me again for a hike over to Prickley Bay! We are not walking from Hog Island or Clark's Court Bay...but we dingied over to Hartman Bay and cut off a mile or so of the 'on foot' part. With that being said...we got lost, asked for directions and then got a ride to our destination to boot. I kept saying "just tell us how to get there..." and Dudley is simultaneously agreeing generously "... to take the ride."
We've been hearing about Linzee's Cafe on the 'cruiser's net' every morning, how "reasonable", how "fresh" and how "accessible"! If you are anchored in Prickly Bay!
I thought it was a beautiful hike...check out the "Hike to Linzee's Cafe" photo album!
Dudley forgot all about the length of our 'hike', how hot he was, and couldn't remember that he was hungry either until we both snapped out fingers to see if he was paying attention to the question of "how do you want your eggs cooked?" when this sister/owner, Shyola, turned out to be a smart, beautiful AND creative exotic native...hissssssss, hissssss!
This was not a record breaking 'workout' day...but we didn't 'discuss' my taking too many pix, how many stops I made for pix, nor why I would want to take a pix it appeared I may have taken in the past. So we just may do more 'hiking' *together*!
Shyola asked for my pix of her place for some future advertising...I generously agreed.... "Seeeeeee"!
Dudley and Bec
07/06/2010, Hog Island Anchorage...
You would never know that we provisioned for six months (it seems) before we left to go north on May 25th...that's only 40 days ago. We've also done or had laundry done for us 3 or 4 times too! We've stopped at every outdoor veggie vendor, spent waaaay too much money at Doris' Gourmet Market drooling with longing for most everything expensive, fattening and ooooooh so bad for you!
And here were are rushing our 'dink duty' to get our 'dirty' laundry to CCBM (the one luxury we afford ourselves on this adventure). Salty clothes are the new 'dirty' in our eyes. Everything feels dirty all the time...and bed clothes...always feel great after a day around salt...so we like 'fresh' sheets often. It's a ROYAL pain in the the tush removing or reinstalling my custom sheets, but it's one of those teeny luxuries we adore!
It feels like we never left! We said goodbye for real waaay back in May...we were heading north, towards home, towards Miami and would never see our Grenadian Friends again! We had to dash over to Whisper Cove, say hello and give and get hugs there too!
Miss Kitty, SV Falcon says something like this "Don't be sad to leave your new friends...just be thankful you met them in the first place!"
And here we are, back already...How could we have ever known we'd be looking at the Hog Island anchorage again.
Dudley and Bec
07/05/2010, Part of the Grenada 'chain'....
This is where we decide whether to go left and see the windward coast of Grenada or NOT...
This is Isle de Rhonde on our port side...due east...Diamond Rock on our starboard side, three sisters up there past Isle de Rhonde and finally Grenada in the FAR-ground. We are going to discuss our choices...I would love to make a left here to the east, then make a hard right down the windward coast and head south. First I think it would be exciting having never done this, that's sail on the windward coast of any island, hanging right when we get to the south coast and have the wind and SEAS behind us! We ALWAYS sail on the lee coast to our lee destination or always have to round the southwest corner with the wind and seas on our nose for a south coast destination.
Dudley is the captain...and he's right...again...the wind is outta the south/southeast and the tide is running southeast to northwest. There we are again, he explains, tacking east because west is not an option (Grenada, the country, in the way) and we'd be in the same place as later on...bashing into the wind and seas on our nose. He said, she said...
By going with the "HE SAID" OPTION...we may have time to stop at the next choice which is "Dragon's Bay" to dive off Moliniere Point.
Again...We'll see! By going THIS way we are going to have to set a course very far West...2l0 or 220 to clear Kick'em Jenny! This is the underwater volcano that does erupt every so often, still... Again, Dudley Do Right insists we clear the 5 mile exclusion zone instead of the l.5 (no activity for a while) zone that 'She SAID'.
Again, you'll find out when we do...
Dudley and Bec
07/05/2010, Tyrell Bay, Carriacou...
This trip began, way back in February of 2008 with..."How far will we go?" "How long will we stay?" "How long to wait after the weather changes in our favor for the seas to lie down?" Just to name a few unknowns.
The hardest challenge of all was the not knowing and it has not changed one bit. To quote John Lennon: "It's fear of the unknown. The Unknown is what it is. To be frightened of what it is sends everybody scurring around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that---it's all illusion. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown and it's plain sailing. Everything is unknown--then your ahead of the game. That's what it is. Right?"
The choices we have plugged into the chart plotter are: Isle de Ronde, Mulinerre Point, Sandy Point or Hog Island.
Guess we'll share when we know!
Aurevoir Carriacou...we love you!
Dudley and Bec