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Regenero's Great Escape

Friday, Mar 23

The catchment system works! By morning we could see water back up to the bar in the primary water tank, and while not perfect, the system works and we can catch water! Ginny stopped by and the girls headed off to shore for a little girl time and shopping expedition. After John dropped us a few feet from shore we walked the mile or so to town. The distance not a problem at all, however the hills....that was a slightly different issue. We enjoyed sniffing around the shops again, and looking for a few things, then lunch at the Dingy Dock, where we were hoping for Key lime no avail! We happened upon some local fisherman there who were off loading their catch and Ginny tried to make a deal for some lobsters, but they were all spoken for from the restaurant today...however, maybe tomorrow. We told them where we were located and hope that they'll stop by with fresh catch! On our way to our last stop we ran into Charles and Leslie....our friends from Phaedrus (who has a new name) and caught up with them for a short while, then it was off to the grocery store before it closed and then the walk back to the beach. Same up and down hills except now we are carrying 20 lbs. of ice, plus a few sundries, so the walk was a little more taxing! After calling John, who picked us up from shore, and then getting everything back to the boats, Jim and I took a snorkel on the reef that is just off the boat. It was terrific, and we saw great coral heads and more soft coral, fans, etc. that were lovely. We also saw a small lobster hiding under the coral just daring us to pick him up...too bad we are in the national park and NO Fishing signs abound. We also saw a ray just three times behind the boat. This was on of three sightings we have had in this spot. So I guess the rays are happy here! A single Barracuda wanders around beneath the boats as well, but no one comes by when we drop snacks into the water...hmmm.

One mile, and worlds away

Thursday, Mar 22

After a rolly night for Wind Shepherd, we decided we would make our way down the coast to find a calmer anchorage. We poked into two places and found the second to be quite lovely, and within viewing distance of where we spend last night. Over the past few days I have been experimenting with a water catchment system, and we deployed it again after we got to Malones Beach and then discovered we need to put up the rest of our canvas as we had rain for the better part of the afternoon.

Wind Shepherd came over in he afternoon and we played Dominos and drank Pina Coladas...a perfect match. And now Jim and I know how to play Mexican Train Dominos. We found this is a very peaceful anchorage and enjoyed a calm night.

Flamenco Beach

Wednesday, Mar 21

There isn't a good place to leave a dingy on the beach, so we decided that after shuttling our stuff to the beach in Wind Shepherds dingy, Ginny tied it back to our boat and then swam in to shore. We took the very obvious path, just past the sign and headed up a steep incline to the top of the hill, then followed the very gentle slope all the way to the chained gate that gave us access to the parking lot for the beach. As we jimmied our way thru the gate, we experienced our first indication that these lovely islands were all part of prior military use....the sign on the other side of the gate warns of unexploded ordinance...hmmm, oh...guess that is why the gate is chained, or maybe it is us to stop people from driving there, as it is easy enough for walkers to make there way thru. The beach here (supposedly one of the worlds top ten) is beautiful, with pounding surf and white powdery sand. After relaxing for a while, we wander to the left to see the two tanks left to decay on the beach and also find one of the prettiest campgrounds just back from the shore, in the shade of the trees, with a breeze off the sea. Lovely! While John took in some rays, Ginny, Jim and I explored the other side of the beach, and passes thru a lovely guest house setup on our way to view the Flamingo Lake. We found out that there really aren't any Flamingos here...but there used to be, hence the name of the lake and the beach, so we returned to the main beach, by We bought some lunch from the vendors set up at the beach, quite possibly the best beach food I have ever eaten, Chicken Parmiagiana Sandwich, Italian sausage and Calamari? From a beach vendor?! We eventually made our way back to thru the locked gate and back to the boats we left on the other side.

The Beach at Tamarind

Tuesday, Mar 20

Today we up anchored and headed around the point for the national park on the western side of Culebra. After a Biig trip of perhaps 6 miles, we picked up two moorings off Tamarind beach. A pretty spot with what seems to be good snorkeling, a few people on the limited beach and just a few boats on moorings here.
We jumped in the water to check out the bottom and found a few squid lingering around. In general there seem to be few fish here, but the coral heads are nice and the live coral is quite extensive on the northern part of the beach...Unfortunately we enjoyed a leisurely float toward the end point which meant a stiff current heading back....we had to work for it heading back to the boat!

It appears that you can take a 20 or so minute hike from here over to Flamenco beach, on the north side of the that will be our event for tomorrow!

A Day exploring Dewey

After a quiet and peaceful nights sleep we headed in to explore the town of Dewey and have lunch. This is a quaint town with lots of hikers and visitors on the streets. Slightly hilly, enough to make it a nice walk, but not too much, with shops, guest houses, restaurants and local homes all jumbled together. We wandered down to the ferry dock and after finding a few treasures headed to a restaurant called Mamacita's for lunch. This was recommended by some people we met on the street who have rented a house here on Culebra for 3 months every winter for ten or so years, it turned out to be a lovely recommendation.

On our way east!

By 9:45am we had cleared the end of the runway and were headed to Culebra! Our first trip to the Spanish Virgin Islands and we are very excited. We were able to motor sail most of the way, and by 1:45 were nested into Ensenada Honda in Culebra just off the main town of Dewey (after the famous Admiral, of course). After calling the number for customs, and discovering we needed to head to the airport to secure a Decal necessary for these waters, we dropped the dingy, collected Wind Shepherd and were off to shore. None of us have been here before so our conversations are peppered YOU know where the airport is? YOU know where the Dingy dock is?...Nope...well somehow we figured it all out. At the top of the hill we asked a lady sitting on her porch where the airport was, She didn't understand my (nearly non-existent) Spanish ...Auropuerto?, but fortunately she spoke English and directed us straight down the road perhaps a mile or so where we saw the airport.

The US Homeland and Border security officer could not have been nicer or more friendly to us, and we had quite a fun time in the office while he completed the paperwork and gave us our receipts. After heading thru the downtown area and discovering nothing was open due to three factors, the time of day (after lunch, but before dinner), the fact that it is Sunday, and an election day to boot, so by 4:30 we were back on the boat and relaxing. Tomorrow, more exploration, and perhaps a new location!

03/19/2012 | Louise
Hi Honey...wish I was there exploring with you and Jim. Be safe and enjoy every minute of your adventure. Can't wait to hear what comes next. Love you!!!

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