The National ParkBill
06/13/2012, St. John, USVI
We tied to a US Park Service mooring and the pool was open. Does it get better than this?
06/12/2012, St. Thomas, USVI
Lara sails as close as she can to the wind as we exit Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
A hard won 14 milesBill
06/10/2012, Saint Thomas, USVI
Underway, Isobel has to put up with her parents saying, "Are we there yet?"
06/09/2012, Culebrita, PR
We took an early morning hike to the light house on top of Culebrita. A beautiful building with marble floors and stucco walls. The old copper roof to the light itself is off to the side, maybe put there by a hurricane.
A dancing girl or fish bonesBill
06/08/2012, Culebra, PR
On Culebra, just off the main street, on the same street as Momacita's is a little building with a sign on it saying, just, ARTE. We passes it several times before wandering in... There were some buitiful hand printed T shirts, some prints, signs, and other art... As well as quite an assortment of Conga drums and other beautiful percussion instruments, such as a collection of Cocao shells that made the most mysterious sound when shaken and a huge gourde with shells strung around it, again producing a delightful sound when shaken.
San Juan Getawaylara
06/07/2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico
It took some figuring out. Our gathering location changed from St John to Culebra, and ultimately to San Juan. My Mom, my godfather Peter and his sister MaryEllen joined Isobel and me for a relaxing week poolside. Did I mention we ate? ... And ate, and ate. What a treat. Super comfy beds, no cooking, yoga, incredible views of the ocean, a full moon and a venus transit, multiple pools including a slick water slide that even made my Mom grin - until she went under and got her hair wet. How wonderful to spend time with family. Isobel couldn't get enough of everyone, but especially of Nana, of course. Isobel brought a new skill back to the boat that she is very enthusiastic about - howling at the moon.
06/07/2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico
One of the best things about our hotel was this incredibly fast curvy water slide. No surprise, MaryEllen was the first one down, then me, then Peter. Isobel was a bit reluctant but once she tried it all she could say was "one more time." Only the girl sweetly asking Nana to join her convinced my mom to partake in the fun. Woohoo!
06/04/2012, El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico
MaryEllen joined us for a jaunt to the forest. The majority of the hike up to this tower lookout was on an old concrete path crafted with neat little rocks that wound through the greenery. Very walkable. MaryEllen felt a bit cheated since there weren't as many flowers as she expected. Having seen enough green, she opted to head down slowly while we finished the last bit that was supposed to put us into a level of cloud forest. We wonder if weather may have changed enough that this is no longer true cloud forest.
Swinging in the breezeLara
06/02/2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nana & Isobel enjoying a quiet moment.
New Technology06/01/2012, Culebra, PR
Now, I have to wonder what I would do if I were outfitting a boat today. For $49 you can get a Navionics App for the Ipad that has wonderful charts and most of the features of our very expensive chart-plotter! It uses very little energy, has an internal GPS, which isn't as good as the Furuno but is fine for looking at charts. I would still want Radar, as that has been particularly handy.
April 2013, Guna Yala, Panama