05/22/2011, Yacht Haven, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We got an email from Moondancer, Nellie and Phil, monster cruisers having bummped into them in the Windwards, then they went back to Miami, Bonaire, Cartenga, Miami, back here to USVI a couple of days earlier than they said! This has all been while we were heading to Grenada, stayed in Grenada and now as we head back north...3.5 years later. We didn't know if we'd still be here...but they knew better! We move slowly, the complete opposite of Moondancer!
What a delightful surprise! Good friends from Miami that just started a round the world adventure we are enjoying vicariously! They also have a 56' Tayana!
We hope to spend a wee bit of time before they take off again for Bonaire, again! -- Dudley and Bec S/V Altair
05/22/2011, The Deli @ Frenchtown!
I remember three years ago telling Dudley it wasn't far from Crown Bay. Now we are on the eastern side of Charlotte Amalie and we walked! I'm serious when I say that I can only hope for half the stamina, the energy, the tenacity, the will of my man when I am his age!
It was quite the feat for my man's worn out knees, but he's found out that if he takes 'alleve' (naproxen) that his knees don't object! I'm thrilled to have him by my side for my need to exercise...I just want to do the research and make sure it's compatible with his daily meds!
This deli has a quintessential breakfast menu very much like our Coral Bagels in the Grove, Miami! The bagels are fresh...coffee is too...and we deserved the humongous meals we had to have, "just because"! I always try to share a meal...but I guess I'm helping him to work up some serious appetite!
05/21/2011, The Fat Turtle!!!
We ran into a bunch of people accidentally, Ed on Karma (still here), Skip, Olan and our non-friend Kiwi! He was our transmission guy and I won't rekindle that!
We looked for and found Roxy (Compass Point Canvas) and Jerry (Boat Works) the duo, hot shot team who have been together and going strong for a long time now, here in St. Thomas, Coral Gables and Jerry's home in New Orleans!
They agreed to meet us at Yacht Haven Grande which is the only dingy dock we know here @ Chartlotte Amalie! The Preakness was about to begin and we bought a ticket...didn't pick the winning horse, but did have a blast at the FAT TURTLE!
It does feel great to pick up right where we left off three years ago!
Dudley and Bec
05/21/2011, Compass Point Marina, Benner Bay, St. Thomas
Yesterday was hysterical...we jumped into high speed mode, caught a Safari bus to Customs...managed that before they closed @4p. Then I managed to convince my captain that we could make it to Offshore Marine where our prop for the Yamaha was supposed to be (before 5p and in the rain, surprise). It was really a hike and Dudley is a major trooper @ almost 80 years old and keeps on keepin' on! My hero! I quote my guy and his secret to staying fit and young: "attitude, attitude, attitude and a younger woman"! Yippee!!!
Today we took a bus and a taxi...no hiking for my man today...and we found Miss Patsy. A dear friend who took us under her wing three years ago when we toughed out hurricane season at Compass Point Marina!
Hugs all around...we love her! She and a lot of people here in St. Thomas are from Dominica. We knew we liked Dominicans for multiple reasons: loving, sweet tempered, kind, generous, family and legacy driven, hard working and resilient.
Big Love Miss Patsy!
Dudley and Bec
05/20/2011, Hello St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie!
We were there for four days...but we seriously got attached...Goodbye to Charisa, Pam, Joe, Tomas, Levi, Linda, Leona, Velma, Maxine, Frances, Captain Fishy (Grandpa, head of clan) Sarah, Justin, Mark, Debs, Beth and Gary, Ian and Ann and Kenny (thanks for the new weather site: magic seaweed) who's a fly fisherman!
We got a chance to sail for a bit...slow as it was to Virgin Gorda to clear out of the BVI's...and the only excitement for us that night was a beauty contest and the contestants were having a photo session just outside of Customs. Poor guy at the Immigration desk was having a hissey fit trying to see the action...so we assured him we were not in a hurry.
Spent the next day sailing to St. John! The time was short here too, with the only excitement being the entrance into Maho Bay, through the Fungi Pass. It's pretty cool squeezing between two mountains with tg the reefs encroaching into the cut from both sides! We can't even look at the guide because we took a mooring at Cinnamon Bay! No more said...gotta go!!!!
We collected water, caught some 'zzzzzs' and arrived here in Yacht Haven, the eastern side of Charlotte Amalie this afternoon!
We are still having crazy weather...arrived in what seems to be the fashion of late: squally, sopping, dripping...gotta dry out style!
We got on-line in Virgin Gorda, Saba Rock, and found a replacement for our
'flower' here in St. Thomas! Welcome back to the United States and a driven population. This is the prop we've been using on the Yamaha since we chewed it up in Guadeloupe!
05/17/2011, Cow Wreck Point!
Since I was not able to get my honey to the NW corner during our long beach walk yesterday...we talked Sarah and Justin into taking us to these dreadful abodes!
This developer clearly did not do his homework and never built on a beach before...let along a pivotal corner getting seas, waves, weather and wind from all directions eroding at alarming speeds.
This was not described in any guide and it was a local man...so his fellow countrymen are not talking either.
Those sand bags aren't doing anything except for the inevitable. Yeiks!