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It's Always An Adventure
Skylark Imposter
06/27/2012, Chaguaramas Bay, Trinidad

Who is this Skylark imposter? A power boat? For sale? Let's hope the new owners change the name and not go "skylarking" through these parts.

Skylark in her new home
06/24/2012, Chaguaramas Bay, Trinidad

Lat/Lon is updated for those interested.

We are settled in at our slip at Coral Cove Marina in Chaguaramas Bay, Trinidad. It's a bit surreal being here. We are in the northwest part of the country, not too far from the major city of Port of Spain. Although Luna will be limited to the marina, we'll have access to lots of places. There's a good bus system here and I'll be able to do some shopping on my own. The buses are similar to other West Indian buses, or vans, typically there's nothing written on them but if you're on the side of the road and stick your hand out, they'll stop for you. Ask the driver if they're going where you want to go and if so, climb on board. If someone asks you how many people can fit on a maxi taxi in the Caribbean, the answer is "One more". They pile in. The fare is dirt cheap but you pay again every time you get off and on. Usually it's the equivalent of $1.50 US one way. When you want to stop, in other Islands you just say "Driver, stop here". But in Trini we understand there's a button you push to exit when you want to be let off.

On our dock, we are surrounded by an English family who have been cruising for 5 years, a New Zealand couple, several Americans, a S. African couple who have also been out for many years who we met in Bequia, a couple from Canada (though the husband is Brazilian) and we understand an Aussie is around here somewhere. We said goodbye to our Polish friends who leave for Poland tomorrow and are nearby on the hard (their boat is on stilts and out of the water), and I feel certain there are other interesting people we've yet to meet. Everyone we've met thus far has been great. Our friends on Just Imagine and Miclo III are at different marinas but not too far and within dinghy or walking distance. In this photo, Skylark is toward the end, 2nd to last one.

Miclo III
06/24/2012, Approaching Trinidad

This is a shot of Miclo III as we got to Trinidad, immediately before Luna so rudely chased the dolphins away. One bark! That's all it took for them to sciddadle. But back to Miclo III, she is a fine looking sailing vessel. She is motor sailing into 22kts of wind through Boca de Monos, as are we (obviously since we're taking the photo). That's Monos Island on the far side of Miclo III.

Welcoming Committee
06/24/2012, Approaching Trinidad

Our nighttime sailing was in 15 kts, with an easterly breeze and slight seas. The stars were magnificent. While Ed rested, I watched Neptune and Venus rising up from the horizon, one on top of the other. Magnificent. I also saw what must have been some sort of satellite moving across the sky. It wasn't a plane, so that's all I can figure. As the morning sun rose, it was chased away soon enough by our first set of squalls. The clouds kept building about 5 miles north of the Hibiscus oil rig field and the squall turned out to be a large weather system that kept the wind on our nose, with a strong southwest current pushing us off course several times. None of this was predicted, nor expected. Approaching Trinidad, a pod of very large dolphins sent out a welcoming committee. I was psyched, as I always am when the dolphins swim at our bow, but good ole' Luna, dog that she is, barked once to say, "Get outta here, this is my boat!" and off they went to greener pastures. I have to teach her better manners when it comes to dolphins. For a non-barking dog, she doesn't hesitate to make it known to men in dreadlocks and dolphins that they are not welcomed on Skylark. Does she ask us how we feel about these visitors? Does she care?

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