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Arctic Tern
Pelican
03/01/2011, Little Harbor, Peter Island, BVI

After the windy raucous night at Key Cay we moved to the Leeward side of Peter Island and tucked into Little Harbor. The bay is deep with a ring of shallow area near shore, so boats go stern to shore and use an anchor at the bow and a stern line to shore. Incoming boats provide free entertainment as it is a bit awkward to get your line to shore. In our case we dropped our anchor and Hunter swam to shore with the line and tied it to a sea grape.
For some reason the little "bait fish", silversides are attracted to the area under our hull. The tiny fish attract medium sized blue runners and a giant barracuda about 4-5 feet long. The little fish also attract brown pelicans, especially in the afternoons when the low light makes the silver sides easy to spot. The pelicans fly over head and dive just beneath the boat, making a large splash onto the boat and a noise that sound like we just ran into something.

03/05/2011 | Michael Friedenberg
Great picture...

best

Michael & Diane
Turk's Head Cactus
Devi
02/27/2011, Key Cay, Peter Island

The Turk's Head cactus are blooming and fruiting and the birds have not been keeping up with the harvest. We collected dozens of the fuchsia color, chili shaped fruits. Ate em all...

Key Cay
Devi
02/26/2011, Key Cay, Peter Island

We are anchored on the east side of Peter Island behind a reef and it is windy. The beach is coral rubble and I have found 6 Flamingo Tongue shells. In this photo you can see Arctic Tern and a catamaran. Our dingy is on the beach and we have paddled from our boat to explore around the island.

Today's challenge...
Devi
02/21/2011, USVI

Our water pressure tank is leaking so we are off to buy a new one. In this photo Hunter is preparing the tank for repair. It appears that it is not possible to repiar a high pressure tank from the outside.

Octopus
Devi
02/12/2011, Virgin Islands

Brandon really wanted to see an octopus...
I guess he will have to come back

It is great to have company
Devi
02/10/2011, British Virgin Islands

Our niece, Hunter and her beau, Brandon are visiting for a week. We have been taking a leisurely sail in the US and British Virgin Islands. We have been doing a lot of snorkeling and hiking, playing cards and eating chocolate.
In this photo Hunter B (Hunter Brooke Jackson) is at the helm as uncle Hunter looks over her shoulder.

02/10/2011 | Ginger Sabol
Hunter B looks like a natural at the helm of the boat! I'm Brandon's mom and maybe I should have warned you about his obsession with chocolate. Thank you so much for hosting this trip, I'm sure it's one he will never forget.
02/10/2011 | Mick Sabol
I want to echo my wife's sentiments. I'm sure he's had a great time. Thank you for having him as a guest.
Best Regards,
Mick Sabol
As good as it gets!
Devi
01/28/2011, Benures Bay, Nroman Island, BVI

Well, this is as good as it gets. We are in a lovely anchorage with very good swimming and good hiking (if you like dry thorny shrub). We spent a few days here and I am sure we will remember removing cactus spines from each other's rear ends. Now that is a story not for the blog!

Blues Cruise
Devi
01/26/2011, Coral Bay, St. John

Tito and Roberta told us about a "Blues Cruise" in Coral Bay, St John. Apparently the targeted audience travels on a small cruise ship and is dedicated to listening (and maybe playing) the blues. Part of their visit to the island was to bus to Coral Bay and listen to three different bands at three different bars. We stopped at two bars and enjoyed the bands with cruiser friends (Roberta & Tito from The Alleluia, Kathy and Tom from Yellow Rose and Terry and Jan from Kiva).

Sailing!
Devi
01/25/2011, British Virgn Islands

We had a great sail from Cane Bay, Tortola to Benures Bay Norman Cay. We most often sail to a destination on a straight line, but today we tacked about as many times as the 17 miles of the trip.

Meet Ester
Devi
01/21/2011, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

We are anchored in Coral Bay and got here just after noon. We lowered the dingy and went ashore to look about, deposit trash and scout the Donkey Diner for breakfast tomorrow morning. We passed a pink house and we both inhaled deeply and simultaneously proclaimed "ROTI". I walked to the window and asked the very friendly lady if she is cooking roti and she replied, "Yes, and you have a good nose. Have you had roti before?"
We had a busy sail this morning and had a very light lunch so we split a chicken roti- and it was heavenly. You know chicken roti tastes better with the bones. Ester is from Trinidad and makes here own roti skins and I have to say hers are the rest roti I have had since Grace's roti in Trinidad

01/22/2011 | vjs
I remember Roti from St. Lucia...Yum! Hope you had a great birthday Hunter. Sorry to be late in sending you Greetings!
En route to Isla Culebrita
Devi
01/15/2011, Isla Culebrita, Puerto Rico

After leaving the marina we motored to Palomino Island for the night. We got an early start and by lunch time we were on a mooring ball at Isla Culebrita. Two sea turtles were swimming around as we picked up the mooring ball. Isla Culebrita is about one mile in length and has a gorgeous beach and we took a short walk to the light house.

Getting Ready to leave
Devi
01/13/2011, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

We have spent the day doing chores. We have put on several coats of varnish in the cockpit and handrails (over the last several days), done the laundry (at my all time favorite Laundromat), washed and waxed the boat, unpickled the water maker, filled the water and fuel tanks and many other chores that we had on our list to do while on the dock. Our neighbors have been asking us why we are leaving and when we will be returning; they think that we have made this our home and we will be back next week. Our starboard side neighbors are sport fisherman and I have been tossing them their dock lines when they return and in return they share extra fish when the clients declined the fish.
I will miss Puerto Rico, our neighbors, the hikes in El Yunque, the green heron that sits on our dock line at night and gives his soft call and so much more (did I mention that I will miss the street food?), but it is time to turn ourselves to the Virgin Islands. See you there

01/15/2011 | Ed Whitaker
fair winds and following seas. Say hi to Mike Anderson in the VI National Park. He is a friend from Hatteras. Ed W
Slow Death by Rubber Duck
Devi
01/10/2011, Fajardo, PR

We all know that there are chemicals in our foods and the products that we purchase but the findings of this book are a bit alarming. This book will make you think twice before purchasing anti-bacterial soap (triclosan), strong smelling shampoo (phthalates), or a Teflon coated frying pan (PFC). The list goes on but the significant thing how these chemicals might be affecting our bodies and health.
A review from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/08/AR2010010801303.html

Photo of book cover by Amazon

Karst Country
Devi
01/07/2011, Near Aricebo, PR

Our first excursion was to the Guajataca State Forest. The forest is in karst geological region. Karst is formed by rock being dissolved by surface or groundwater. The result is lots of caves, sinkhole, limestone cliffs and mogotes. Think of an egg carton upside down and the hills are the magotes and the depressions are the sinkholes. We had a nice walk in the forest and went into a cave and explored the cave

A Trip to the West side of Puerto Rico
Devi
01/07/2011, Western PR

Puerto Rico is roughly a rectangle in shape, 100 miles by 35 miles with a large mountain chain bisecting the middle lengthwise. We are staying in the NE corner and travel to the west side of the island takes a portion of a day, so we decided to spend a few days on the west side. We based ourselves out of a place called the Casa Grande Mountain retreat.

Bears in Puerto Rico
Devi
01/06/2011

Hunter really liked this bear advertising a bar.

Puerto Rican Tody
Devi
12/31/2010, El Yonque National Forest

We were tickled to see a pair of Puerto Rican Todies today while hiking in El Yunque National Forest. They are so distinctive that I had no doubt that these were the bird I had on my "hope to see" list. You can see in the photo that they sport a bright red bill and bib, emerald green back and yellow on the sides of their belly. My Puerto Rican bird book says that todies have a voracious appetite; a captive specimen ate about 40% of its weight in insects daily. Studies have shown that todies eat 1.8 insects per minute from dawn to dusk. This bird is endemic to Puerto Rico.
You can hear a tody at:http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/caribbean/wildlife-facts/2002/wildlife-facts_sounds_2002/san_pedrito.wav
Photo courtesy of USFS

01/02/2011 | Fru
Doesn't he look like a fuzzy humingbird? Cute little guy.
Ruta del Lechon
Devi
12/28/2010, Guvate, PR

High in the mountains among Caribbean pines and tree ferns the Ruta del Lechon awaits the hungry traveler. Roast pig or Lechón is a favorite food in Puerto Rico and the place to eat it and see the pig on the spit is the Ruta del in Lechón Guavate.

Ruta del Lechon
Devi
12/28/2010, Guvate, PR

We got to the strip for an early lunch and sniffed around. Pig was in the air and we were getting hungry. We made our decision on where to eat based on the attendance in the restaurant and the pig in the window. There was also roast chicken and turkey for the non-pig inclined. The next decision is what sides to chose. Of course there is arroz con grandules (rice and pigeon peas), pasteles (like a tamale), yucca and onions, tostones (mashed and pan fried green plantains), mofongo (mashed plantain) and other crispy fried things.

Lechon
Devi
12/27/2010, Guvate, PR

The pig is marinated for a few days and skewered with a metal spit. The pig is roasted for four to six hours infusing the air with delicious aromas.


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