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Writing at Christmas Cove
Elizabeth (photo by Ed)
02/20/2013, USVI Saint Thomas Christmas Cove

Opening up my laptop this morning, I told Ed I wanted to write something evocative, substantial, anything other than the prattle I've been posting on the blog lately. I grumbled about not feeling particularly inspired and he said, "What we do looks the same after awhile". It's true. Each day blends seamlessly into the days forward and back. We often don't know what day it is, guess at the time, rise with the sun and slowly shut down after dark. But surely something must be stirring me; after all, we live in the tropics with beauty surrounding us like pieces of colorful fabric. What's not to be inspired about? Maybe it is as Ed says, everything emerging into "just another day".

I'm reading a book written by a successful business owner who with her husband cashed out, built a yacht and sailed away from life as they knew it over a decade ago. Something about what she chooses as her topics helped me recognize that for anyone not living on a boat, this life is an utterly alien concept. After 30 years as an expert in my chosen profession, I sometimes forgot that not everyone thought like me, in the way I was trained to think about human behavior and interaction. Why would they? Do I think like an auto mechanic, chef or medical technician? A scientist, physician or banker? One of my cruising buddies occasionally asks my opinion about psychological or emotional issues and when I rattle off my thoughts, she says, "Oh, thanks, I never looked at things this way!" and I am stunned each time. Really? This is news? Don't get me wrong, she's a smart woman but she doesn't live in the world of psychological nuances the way I did for all those years. What seems obvious to me might be brand new and interesting to someone who doesn't see the world through the same lens.

Where am I going with this? Back to that book I'm reading. The author states things that I find completely obvious and hardly worth mentioning...because I live the life she was living as a cruiser. I have personal experience. It comes off the page as mundane but it is quite interesting to those who don't have first hand experience of it. Another cruiser, a woman who has a phenomenal blog about their adventures at sea posted recently about cleaning out her cupboards. She showed before and after photos and many readers commented on how interesting they found that series of posts, as did I. Talk about mundane! Anytime we glimpse how someone else lives, it can be intriguing. A friend back home told me she loves hearing stories about how my family lives or where things come from because it's like opening the door to another culture. I love that.

After thinking about all this, I have realized I want to keep writing about how we actually live. It's been 19 months since we cut our ties with the land-based world and in the first year, I wrote a lot about how this life differs from the other. It was a remarkable learning curve for Ed and me, and for Luna, and now I think I've moved on, believing falsely that the "how we live" topic is finished, that if I've adjusted to this life, somehow there's nothing more to write about. As if, since I've adjusted, you have, too and will find topics related to it old hat, humdrum, yesterday's news. I'm re-thinking this. If I didn't merge each day into the next, what would I notice specifically about the life of a cruiser? There truly is a treasure chest in this endeavor. I can hardly wait to explore the contents. Right now, I'm mulling it over, planting a few creative seeds, letting them germinate until the spouts provide something I can dig into. I can't tell you exactly what will pop up; I can only show you the buds poking out toward the sun, hopeful something will burgeon and bloom.


02/21/2013 | Moby Burton
Elizabeth: I enjoyed your insights on this blog. We are moored in Great Cruz Bay as my son and his family are staying at the Westin. We will look you up sometime.
02/21/2013 | Lyndall
I've loved your writing through Luna's eyes! And will keep bringing you the idea to write about the phenomenon of a nomadic culture and what that looks like, as opposed to being part of a so-called "settled" culture! Does anyone feel settled??? I enjoyed this ruminating piece of writing, Elizabeth
02/22/2013 | Ed Easter
Thanks for your comments, Moby and Lyndall. We hope to run into you soon enough, Moby & Carolina. Lyndall, as always I appreciate your support, encouragement and suggestions. I'm on it!
More Trees And Buildings
Elizabeth
02/18/2013, USVI Saint John Cruz Bay

Immediately across the walk from the prior photo is this tree rising up along the staircase.

Trees and Buildings
Elizabeth
02/18/2013, USVI Saint John Cruz Bay

I love the idea of trees mingling with buildings. This is a shopping complex in Cruz Bay that is artistic and hip with Dutch architecture using local stone, coral and brick rubble. It was designed by a local architect and all hand laid stone was done by local stonemasons. We walked through on a Sunday morning and the one store I might have been tempted by was closed, thank goodness.

I will try to write a more substantial blog one day soon but without consistent or strong wifi, it's not as appealing doing much on the computer. I do want to write about a few things I've been thinking about, and I'll try to get on that task soon. Meanwhile, I continue practicing my photography. My photographer friend Madeline says I'm doing very well. This pleases me immensely, I might add.

02/20/2013 | Madeline
You ARE doing very well, grasshopper. Keep shooting.... it's great to see what you're seeing.

M
02/20/2013 | Ed Easter
Grasshopper here, thanks for the words of encouragement!
According to Luna
Elizabeth
02/16/2013, USVI Saint John Between Coral Bay and Caneel Bay

Luna says, "If I'm not allowed to chase goats, sniff noses with donkeys or follow deer into the woods, if every single mongoose gets away before I get close enough to intimidate them, and if the iguanas refuse to give me the time of day, what is a dog to do besides sleep? Borrrring......"

Meanwhile, we look for whales everywhere but they have proven to be elusive. We do hear reports of spottings on the VHF radio from time to time.

02/16/2013 | Burt
Good dog.
02/18/2013 | Morgan
yeah, but it beats the boatyard no matter what, right?

Oh, and fyi, I sniffed our old buddy Mama Dog yesterday at Hog Island. She says hi too
02/18/2013 | Ed Easter
From Luna to Morgan, "Get out of town! You saw Mama Dog? On Hog Island? Without me there to protect you? No way! Good thing you weren't in a boatyard, right?"
Beautiful Saint John Mountains
Elizabeth
02/16/2013, USVI Saint John Between Coral Bay and Caneel Bay

Practicing with the camera. I am really enjoying experimenting with different angles and shots, although I have a great deal to learn. I am always open to suggestions, by the way.

Floating Bar
Elizabeth
02/16/2013, USVI Saint John Coral Bay Harbour

We didn't have the opportunity to stop by for a beer at this floating bar. It seemed a bit desolate but maybe it will get a little more action at some point.

Coral Bay Harbour Town
Elizabeth
02/16/2013, USVI Saint John Coral Bay

Goats, donkeys and ex-pats abound in this little community. We had a fabulous dinner out with friends Rob and Ellen (s/v Miclo III) and their long-time friend from NJ, Clark at Aqua Bistro restaurant. It was Ponzu night which is seared tuna, served over Japanese rice noodles and topped with a light soy-based Ponzu sauce. Delicious and fun to have a night out. Luna stayed on the boat and we like to pretend she had a phenomenal time without us. We saw no evidence of a canine party but perhaps they cleaned up behind themselves before we arrived. Doubtful.

View of the Beach
Elizabeth
02/14/2013, USVI Saint John Lameshur Bay

View from the trail of Little Lameshur Bay beach.

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