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cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
Dudley and Bec
05/01/2011, St. Christopher (St. Kitts to us)

We are sitting (moored) in St. Kitts, thinking about and missing our friends and family from back home! We are missing some of our new friends and when we know the dates we celebrate them too!

Happy Birthday dear Sue, our cousin in South Miami! We miss you terribly and know that your kids have whisked you off to a great new destination or restaurant this year...wish we could've helped you celebrate in person not just in spirit! To my niece Lacie, you're getting so grown up...would love to help you play on your birthday this month too! Jo, you are always in our hearts and thoughts, sorry we missed you when you were so close on the cruise ship around your birthday! Big Love to you sweetheart! Todd, you are ever elusive, and Olga and Tangerine, hope that you made his birthday special, happy happy to you too wild man! To Gabi, our granddaughter way up and out there in Colorado, it's hard to believe you turn 14 this year...ooooooooh we miss you very much! Big, big hugs dear, we love you tons! To my second cousin, can't believe that James has a beautiful son Sawyer, who will be two, and it's the terrible 2's for sure...Lots of giggles, and we know you will be spoiled on your birthday on the l0th. Gabrielle, can't believe you'll be 8 this year, just not possible! Jenn, hope your baby girl is pampered...what does an eight year old want now days? To Akim, may your day be filled with flying, with love and with parties (with my oldest best friend, Patti, at your side, all is possible)...Happy Birthday dear friend...whichever coast your on for your day on the 9th (or is the 12th...bad friend who can't remember the date)! Last, but not ever least, to you Connie Banko! You are sorely missed...hope all is well and you ROCK! Keep on keepin on dear friend...Dudley and Bec wish you an awesome birthday and Susie you are the creative chef and daughter to make that gastronomic feast come to fruition for her. Wish we were there!

Big Love to you all! Dudley and Bec

Meet Captain Sunshine
05/01/2011, Aboard the Good Ship ALTAIR!

One of the last things Martha and Peter bestowed upon us, aside from the incredible warm just out of the oven, oatmeal raisin cookies, was the name of this man!

Kenny, Captain Sunshine, came on board today to discuss a tour he would be pleased to take us on! He gave us a great price, and we are thrilled to have him as our guide. He came highly recommended, as he grew up right on the edge of rainforest in Liamuiga, which the Carib indians dubbed it and it means...fertile isle. He said Liamuiga was his back yard.

Dudley and Bec

Martha, Peter and Dudley...Great Minds!
04/30/2011, Port Zante aboard SV Lightheart

This is a brand new boat, and the maststep is being ground away while simultaneously gouging the mast. The expert that Peter has contacted advised him on a way to correct this problem...didn't they are going to do it their way!

It worked!!!! Hip Hip HURRAY!!!

The sad news is that they are leaving and we didn't have nearly enough time to spend with these two brilliant friends of ours! Aurevoir Mon Amis! (We're practicing for St. Martin)...

Helpful Dudley...Hiking Bec...
04/29/2011, Basseterre, the Capital...

Yes, we are in a slip...the dink went on the davits for the second time in 3.5 years...and we have land showers! There's only room for Dudley's man-help on board SV I do what I do best...hike and photograph my way through the islands.

This is a delightful old town. Basseterre is the Capital of this long ago French settlement. The wharf and waterfront architecture is solidly British and fancifully French in inspiration and the The Circus, the town square, replicates the Piccadilly in London. This entire area burned down in l876 and clearly is a testament to the resilience found throughout the entire Caribbean. Hopefully I'll get a chance to stuff some photo albums with the material I've been blessed to capture.

Will it be The marina or out here?
04/28/2011, Basseterre, Port Zante Marina....

We took off for Basseterre, after listening to Lightheart call, call and finally connect with the marina @ Port Zante. The response we were eavesdropping upon, while snuggley anchored at Whitehouse Bay, with the marina, was that there was a boat leaving and as soon as they departed the slip was available. One hour, then another half hour! We decided to leave and just show up...offering to help means you just arrive! We asked and they were kind enough to share the conditions of the swells outside the marina as being "not too bad". We had already pulled up the anchor and were proceeding north, we'll see for ourselves. We were bashing into the seas, going north, into the wind of course, and wondering if this was any indication of our new neighborhood!

Check out the protective, temporary swell barrier...That monster will surely leave, along with our protection if we anchor out here just at the mouth of the marina where SV Lightheart has to do the work on the maststep.

Looking for Lightheart..
04/28/2011, Port Zante Marina Complex...

We dropped the hook, launched the dink, and those swells were anything but swell. We're off to find Martha and Peter, the newlyweds! Their friends just flew out, Peter's son is coming for a visit next week and now they will have us hanging about trying to help!

We found the boat in their slip, minus the crew...this is who found us! These adorable African green vervet monkeys are taking over the island we later find out, but they are descendents of a few brought over by planters. "Monkey Man" is capitalizing on them big time, especially when the cruise ships frequent this Port Zante Complex! Very cute and biters too, gentle but true! We learned that they get very aggressive when they become adults...thank goodness these are youngsters.

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