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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!
On the Hard!
10/18/2006, Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout

We are on the hard in Carriacou! Eira was hauled out of the water on Monday. She has been pressure washed, sanded and is now being painted. We are raising the water line about an inch, the second time we have done that! So far so good. Eira is covered in a thin layer of blue paint, the result of sanding the bottom paint off. We can't wash her off because there is no water hose that can reach and the water pressure is not strong enough... that's ok. The boat yard is a nice small yard and the workers work! good! Edwin and Sam are in charge of Eira and we keep them happy with cold drinks and cold beer at quitting time!

We are staying on Eira and it is OK. Daniel likes living on the hard because we can use as much power as we want! We climb up a ladder to the swim platform and have to rinse our feet otherwise we track blue sand throughout the boat! Daisy looks like a blue smurf dog! We have been having school in the Yacht Club which is next door and it is very comfortable. Today we had an abbreviated day, we made Halloween decorations in the morning and then did reading and some writing.

The boys go over to Carapan and La Gallipote in the afternoons to swim and play off of their boats. Last night we had dinner on La Gallipote- a fun evening! It's ok to cook while hauled but washing dishes et al is a pain. We have breakfast and lunch on Eira and did have one dinner so far.

Anchors Away!
10/11/2006, Carriacou, Grenada

The time has come to say farewell to the island of Grenada. We have had such a fabulous stay and the people of Grenada are some of the friendliest people we have met! Grenada was home base for 3 1/2 months and in that time we had fun touring the Spice Island and getting to know so many fun people. We spent time in a few different anchorages, the Lagoon, True Blue and Hog Island, this is where our anchor dug in very, very deep!! It was great to have so many "Kid Boats" at Hog Island, this is what really made our stay so delightful! Alas, it is time to move on.. the "Windy Season" is coming to an end and we have an appointment for a haul out to get the bottom of Eira painted and the topside waxed. We are heading north 35 miles to the island of Carriacou and will get the work done in the boat yard there. We plan to be on the hard for 5 days, I have been preparing the boys for this "adventure!"

The Hash House Harriers
10/08/2006, Fort Frederick, Grenada

We are no longer a Virgin Hashers. Menno and I joined the Hash House Harriers on their Moonlight Hash at Fort Frederick over looking St Georges in Grenada. We met at the Fort at 630 pm with over 100 other "Hashers" all ready to explore a new area of the island. After being briefed by the leader known as The Hash Master we set off into the mountainous bush shouting "On On" as we followed a trail of shredded paper which took us through some very challenging terrain for nearly 2 hours! It was a full moon on October 8, not that we could see the moon that often, as we climbed through very dense jungle and slid down very muddy hills with only the single beam of our flashlight to lead us on. It was a raaather strenuous hike, climb, slide, run, walk for almost 2 hours in the dark! And yes, it was fun!

Hashing started in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur and was conceived by three British ex-pats. The Hash House was the dining annex to the prestigious Selangor Club and the idea was born out of the need for a bit of physical activity to complement the sport of beer drinking! It is a fun run/walk. Hashing has become popular in many parts of the world, so I have been told! Here in Grenada the Hashers meet every other weekend at a previously designated rum shop and the trail leads everyone back to the rum shop a couple of hours later! Their logo is " Beer drinkers with a running problem!" The web site is; grenadahash.com

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