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s/v Skylark
It's Always An Adventure
Marigot Village
Elizabeth (photo by Nancy Jo)
05/07/2012, Marigot, Saint Lucia

Sweet little village here at Marigot, which we look forward to exploring just as soon as Nancy Jo and Ed finish their morning chores. :)

Anchorage in Marigot
Elizabeth (photo by Nancy Jo)
05/07/2012, Marigot, Saint Lucia

We are nestled in amidst the rain forest, which with the rain is a happy home for mosquitos. Luckily we only had a couple of the boogers on Skylark. We'll hope for a bit of wind today to keep them away.

Elizabeth (photo by Nancy Jo)
05/07/2012, Saint Lucia, South of Rodney Bay

Right before sunset, the swells became untenable at Anse Cochon, so we left that anchorage to come into Marigot Bay where it's much calmer. The rain lasted most of the night but this morning the sun is trying hard to poke out and we are busy drying off the boat. I am not doing that particular chore, however. There is one benefit to keeping up with the blog---Nancy Jo and Ed are wringing out the boat and I'm down below with my morning coffee and computer. It could be worse.

Rain, rain and more rain
05/07/2012, Anse Cochon

We left Rodney Bay yesterday morning and motored in the rain to Anse Cochon (just south of it actually) where we picked up a mooring ball. Dr. Special (Michael) found us soon after we arrived and told us he owned the moorings so we would need to pay him. He also had a huge conch shell to sell us. My husband, the impossible tourist, paid the man for the ball, which probably was necessary and then bought the conch shell from him. We had a serious conversation afterwards and although Ed couldn't promise to stop buying trinkets from every Tom, Dick, Harry and Dr. Special he meets, he did say he would try harder to resist or else let me deal with them. No harm done, but where in the world are going to store the enormous conch shell?

We snorkeled along the reef and decided it was a great spot but poor visibility and no sun made it less than ideal.

Luna borrowed Nancy Jo's rain hat after getting pretty wet in the rain and asked if we'd take her picture for the blog. Demanding little girl...

Basket Intricacy
Elizabeth (photo by Nancy Jo)
05/07/2012, Saint Lucia

The basket Kenyatta wove for us is beautifully made. This is a close up of the inside; now that we've eaten all the fruits and vegetables (we had to throw a few overly ripe things overboard) are out of it.

05/07/2012 | Kathryn Sain
Gorgeous!!! Sounds like you're having a great time and NJ is enjoying her visit! I bet your Mom is enjoying every photo especially now with 2 of her girls aboard!
Ed laughing; Luna not amused
Elizabeth (photo by Nancy Jo)
05/06/2012, Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia

We went to Gros Ilset with Brad to catch the Friday night closing of the streets. Everyone gathers to walk from bar to bar, food vendor to food vendor, tasting the home-made spiced rum, bbq meats, freshly fried vegetables. The music was loud and un-Caribbean-like, which suited me just fine, only because I get tired of hearing the same type of songs over and over. We had no camera that night to catch the local scene, unfortunately.. One of our favorite scenes was the following, which is straight out of Nancy Jo's journal...loud music at the end of the street under huge speakers, one very dark, skinny man playing his drums to the music. The music was recorded. Drum set: ½ of a real drum stick, one broken wooden tool handle for the other stick, two cymbals (one old pie plate and one flattened hubcap), one large plastic gas container, a foot pedal that hit a very large black plastic box for the bass drum. When we first arrived, no one was dancing other than one lone Rasta man, swaying like a very stoned voodoo shaman. At one of the tiny bars we met a young man, Mosoi (given name Vince) who was running the bar. We sat at a table with him and Nancy Jo asked what his name means. "When I smoke a lot I get...." And he gestures over his head to mean he gets over the top stoned. He says, "I've been smoking all day". He tells us that everything they need for their health in St. Lucia they get from the land. For instance, we somehow gets on the subject of erectile disorders (don't ask me how) and he says, "Sea moss". But even more effective? "Turtle dick". Mosoi says, "They are very long, really". You dry it out and chop it into really small pieces, then grind it up. It has to be really dry. You take only so much. If you get an erection that lasts for several days, call a doctor. If you don't go to the doctor, the hospital will have to cut a vessel and then it never works again", which Mosoi demonstrates with a hand limp at the wrist. Somehow, I doubt we would have had that conversation if Nancy Jo hadn't been with us. It was very funny and Mosoi seemed to like making us all laugh. After giving Nancy Jo a small taste of his own spiced rum concoction made with local herbs and spices (no ganga), we moved on down the street to find some dinner. It was a wild time.

Full moon
Elizabeth (photo by Nancy Jo)
05/06/2012, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

Last night was the "super moon", the closest and largest full moon of 2012. Nancy read about it after doing a Google search and said it had "14% more lunar excitement". Ed's response to this, "I was wondering what was going on." Don't ask.

We leave Rodney Bay this morning, heading to Anse Cochon, just north of Anse la Vedure, where we hear the snorkeling is excellent.

05/06/2012 | Kathryn Sain
of course we have to ask.....Ed?

and, NJ was brave having a sip of his drink after the turtle dick story.....:)

Jump up is wild, right? hearing about the drummers reminds me of 'Stomp'! love it...
Hey, you splashed me!
05/04/2012, Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia

The classic, "I'm going to splash you and swim away quickly before you can catch me" game.

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