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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!
Where the Weird go to turn Pro
04/19/2007, Honeymoon Bay, Water Island

We have been anchored in Honeymoon Bay for 2 weeks. Water Island is just around the corner from Charlotte Amalie however it is nice and quiet here! And there are kids here! There is a nice white sandy beach which is littered with water toys and surfboards for everyone to use, Joes Beach Bar is a small titk hut which serves cold drinks and nibbles, dogs are allowed on the beach and there are two other Border Collies that Daisy plays with, there are kids, it is a very relaxed, comfortable anchorage with live aboards who work in St Thomas and other cruisers who don't work and did I mention, there are kids!! Monday is movie night and Heidi strings up a huge white tarp between the coconut trees and we watch the movie beneath the stars! Heidi serves hot dogs, burgers, cold drinks and popcorn! The motto on the island is- "Where the wierd come to turn pro!" so you can imagine that we have met quite a cast of characters over the past 2 weeks! Daniel and John have made friends with some "land based" kids and have had great fun going to their house to play and explore! The weather is starting to change a bit- that storm system that hit the east coast is heading our way and we are starting to see a swell come into the anchorage which makes for a rolly boat. So we will weigh anchor this afternoon, when the boys get home, and move back into Charlote Amalie Harbour which is proteceted from this NW swell. When the storm passes we will come back!

Pharmacists Val and Cindy!
04/05/2007, Honeymoon Bay

We couldn't have planned it any better. Our friends, The Von Heeringens, were sailing on the good ship Caribbean Princess for spring break. Their destination; St Thomas, USVI. Eira was anchored at Water Island, a stones throw away from their ship! We scooped up Cindy and Mark, Kate and Mark for a fun afternoon on the beach! The kids kayaked, snorkled, played on the rocks, swam and had a great time. It was wonderful to catch up with Cindy and hear stories about all my friends working at Shady Grove Hospital! It's hard to believe that I have been gone for 2 years.

We dinghyed The Von Heeringens back to the ship in time for their 5 pm departure to islands furher north. Cindy, I don't know if you saw Menno, Daisy and I when you were going by Water Island on your big ship, we rode out in the dinghy and were waving goodbye. I did see some peiople waving to me from the or some others feeling sorry for the crazy lady in the dinghy!

Dutch Pirates!
03/31/2007, Jost Van Dyke, Tortolla, BVI

Jost Van Dyke is named after a Dutch Pirate, the island lies to the north of Tortolla and has a population of 200, hence the island remains relatively unspoiled! We spent two nights at Marina Cay then had a grim and grey sail along the north shore of Tortolla to Jost Van Dyke The fishing poles were out, but no bites. After a lunch stop at Sandy Spit we pulled into Great Harbour and droppped the hook. We took a stroll down "Main Street" which is a sandy path along the water with a handful of restaurants and some shops and an ice cream parlour. We made dinner plans to go ashore to Foxys for the barbque and live music. The dinner was scrumptious but it wasn't as wild and crazy as we expected.

The next morning I went ashore to clear us out of the BVI's and then we had a lovely sail back to St Thomas. No fish, though! We anchored below Blackbeards castle, next to the gigantic cruise ships and right beside the water plane's runway! Yes, Charlotte Amalie is a very busy harbour! Mark's week aboard Eira is over, the time always goes by so quickly. We had such a wonderful time together!

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