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The Baars' Adventure Aboard EIRA
Menno, Valerie, Daniel, John and their dog Daisy are off to explore the Caribbean Islands for two years-no-make that three years!
Another Beautiful Beach
04/23/2006, Frances Bay, St John

We spent 2 days in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas anchored in the main harbour next to the monstrous cruise ships! We climbed the 99 steps (there are really 103 steps) to Blackbeards castle which gives you a nice vista of the harbour. Walked along waterfront street, had some ice cream and then we were ready to leave! The bustling city with all of the "duty free shops" was a bit overwhelming. The sea plane's "runway" was right behind Eira and that did keep us entertained!

We headed over to St John and spent the first night in Caneel Bay, right off one of the Rockefellers beautiful resorts. In 1956 Laurence Rockefeller purchased and then deeded large portions of the island to the National Park Service to ensure that "this thing of beauty will be a joy forever." Now over half of St John's 21 square miles lies under it protective care, development is restricted. The island is edged by lovely coves with prisitne white sandy beaches and clear aquamarine waters. We are presently in Frances Bay enjoying the beach and some trail hikes around the island. The Annanberg Sugar Plantation Ruins are located nearby so we all explored them today, Daisy as well. The Danish ruins date back to the early 1800's when sugar cane was made into sugar and rum.

Back to Eira for dinner and we are finishing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it is sooo good! Tomorrow night we will have movie night and watch the DVD of HP!

Charlotte Amalie
04/21/2006, St Thomas, USVI

We left Ponce a week ago and motor sailed along the south coast of Puerto Rico all the way to Palma del Mar on the Eastern shore of PR. We spent the night then continued onto the Spanish Virign Isles to the wonderful island of Culebra. Our fishing luck finally changed and we got a couple of Zings!! Daniel pulled in one full size Mackerel and a 1/2 of another Mackerel! The poor fish got eaten by a shark or barracuda when Daniel was reeling it in and only half of the fish made it! We stayed in Culebra for 3 nights and enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere on this vacation isle. We met up with some other boats with kids; Aldora (David, Sam and Sally) and Perfection (Tori and Allie). One day a group of 17 headed over to Flaminco Beach on the north shore and we had a glorious day of body surfing on a beautiful white sandy beach!
Culebra is a wonderful little island.

It was only a 20 mile sail east to St Thomas. John pulled in a nice fat Tuna, our first Tuna to date! We are back in business again and my freezer is looking better and better!

We are anchored in Charlotte Amalie and right next to three gigantic cruise ships!! When we were in the dinghy heading over to Customs a sea plane waved us out of its way so it could land on the water RIGHT next to us! wow! All very exciting! All very busy!

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