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Seeking cover from pirate ships (fake ones)
12/12/2011, Five Islands Harbour, Antigua

Monday 12/12/11
We are nestled in a wonderful, expansive, quiet cove called Five Islands Harbour (north shore), just outside Jolly Harbour. We were forced out of Deep Bay by a tourist pirate boat just as we were getting ready for an afternoon of snorkeling. They, the tourists, were also getting ready for snorkeling and we quickly decided the cove wasn't big enough for all of us. It's too bad, since we spent the morning in St. John's and could've been snorkeling with the place to ourselves. We had a delightful lunch out (Luna stayed home alone) at a little bistro on High Street, off the beaten path in courtyard down an alley. It was the perfect, albeit expensive lunch getaway. St. John's was crazy, intense but worth a morning's visit. We dinghied over and back.

Tomorrow is Jolly Harbour where we'll say goodbye to Borealis who leave for more southerly islands tomorrow.

On our hike
12/12/2011, Deep Bay/Ft. Barrington

View of Fort Barrington. Wild goats roam the area, giving Luna a tremendous thrill. Too busy sniffing to enjoy the view.

12/12/2011, Deep Bay, Antigua

Ed takes Luna for a paddle.

View of Skylark
12/12/2011, Deep Bay/Ft. Barrington

We climbed up this cliff for a spectacular view. That's Skylark on the right.

Massive Rocks
12/12/2011, Between St. John's & Deep Bay

Beautiful rocks all around here.

Left Barbuda
12/12/2011, St. John's & Deep Bay, Antigua

We left Barbuda because the winds were favorable and we needed to head back toward Jolly Harbour. We considered going into St John's, especially for the vegetable and fruit market, but it looked a little rough trying to anchor there (just not that appealing or inviting). We're around the corner at Deep Bay. I have a stomach bug today so after our hike up to the fort, I rested the day away. Tomorrow we hope to take the dinghy into St. John's and load up on fresh foods, then get some snorkeling in right here at the boat. There's a sunken ship close to our anchor. Tuesday we head back to Jolly Harbour for our dive certification class, Wednesday-Saturday. We can't really fathom it's mid-December except that all the stores play Christmas music. We know something's up with that.

The night before we left
12/12/2011, Cocoa Point, Barbuda

Moon rising over the water the night before leaving. At happy hour that day, we watched with fascination as the crew of a very large cruiser (probably chartered) who had anchored close by provided the evening's entertainment for her guests. One of the crew was dressed in an Elvis costume driving a small transport boat very fast around the larger boat. Following in its wake, driving erratically were two jet skies driven by other crew dressed up in hero outfits. They raced around the big boat several times as fast as they could go, whooping and hollering. We were astounded. When we woke the next morning, they were gone, having left in the dead of night before the weather turned nasty.

Luna and her papa
12/12/2011, Cocoa Point, Barbuda

Swimming fools. It's hard to stay out of this water.

12/13/2011 | Kathryn Sain
glad to see your posts, have been wondering how your time has been in Barbuda...the sunset sky of Barbuda was stunning....

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