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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!
Pancakes Anyone?
10/04/2006, St Georges, Grenada

Today is the first Wednesday of the month and Island Water World has a book and DVD swap at their store in St Georges. Coffee, tea and biscuits are sold and all proceeds go to the Grenada Heart Foundation. Today Banana-nutmeg pancakes were served." Master Chef Daniel" and" Master Chef John" prepared and served homemade banana pancakes for $2 EC. They were under the supervision of "Admiral Kim" from the yacht Amanzi! The boys planned and organized for the sale by making signs and buying the necessary ingredients. John was in charge of collecting the money- his sign read "Show me the dough!" and Daniel was baking the pancakes- " I'm good looking and I'm cooking!" read his sign! The patrons had a choice of maple syrup or nutmeg syrup to put on their warm panckaes. It was a busy and fun morning, the boys made over $100 EC to donate to the Grenada Heart Foundation!

Long Live the Dust!
10/01/2006, Hog Island, Grenada

Thanks to El Nino and maybe some Sahara dust, so far the hurricane season has not been as severe as predicted. The El Nino phenomenon, an occasional extreme warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, typically acts to suppress Atlantic hurricane activity by increasing the vertical wind shear over the Caribbean Sea region. An El Nino has formed and will last into 2007. The development of El Nino is helping to explain why the hurricane season is less than expected for this year. El Nino and that Sahara dust. Dust blown off the Sahara desert can interfere with the birth of hurricanes as well. Occassionally great elevated plumes of hot dusty air interact with African waves as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. When the extremely dry air within the dust layer is ingested by a wave disturbance, it evaporates the deep clouds and thus limits the potential of a wave to develop into a storm. That is stated by the director of the NOAA Hurricane Division. We have noticed the dusty, hazy days here in Grenada. I have also learned that the African dust, also known as Sahara dust contains powdered camel dung! So we are breathing a bit of camel dung...maybe it's organic...I figure it's a small trade off for the dryer, less turbulent weather we'd be getting without this dung- laden air.

photo: Pelican tree on Sandy Island.

09/25/2006, Grenada

Would you like to go to a party lime? In Grenada, the word "Liming" describes an activity that is geared towards hanging out with friends, or whoever one chooses to associate with in a fun loving atmosphere. It includes drinking, food, dancing and music as main ingredients, mixed with other "Spicy" activities deemed appropriate by participants!

Daniel was told at Sailing Class that he needed to put the "bung" in his boat! The what? The bung is the plug that is put into the boat to keep it from filling with water!

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