22 December 2009 | Antigua
The arrival of Eric and Moira marks the beginning of a 10-day long dream vacation for all four of us! For them, coming to Scappatella is a welcome respite from the stress of everyday life and an immersion into a whole new world. For us it also a vacation, as we set aside our project lists for the first time this season to play, rest, laugh and thoroughly enjoy their visit. For all, it ends up being an incredible time as we immerse ourselves into the world of the sea and show Eric & Moira the "cruising life".
Their trip begins with a demonstration of the hospitality of the Antiguan people as a number of locals assist our effort to track down Eric and Moira's missing luggage. The airlines are difficult to reach and don't have much concrete information, so the people in Falmouth Harbor step up and soon it seems the entire community is trying to help! In the end, a local guy sitting at the bar overhears their plight and contacts a friend who works at the airport. He eventually locates their luggage and has it sent to a nearby marina, in care of another incredibly helpful local guy who watches over it - a very positive end...and beginning!
Finally we set sail for our first destination, Willoughby Bay, a short three miles away as the crow flies. It's upwind (of course) so we tack out and back and finally we arrive a mere four hours later. The next day it's Christmas Eve and on to Green Island, a short 3-hour sail during which Louis and I cemented Eric and Moira's trust and respect as we tag-team vomited over the side...sorry guys! They were impressed with our civility during the whole affair, however. "Excuse me, Janet, it's my turn", Louis politely stated. "Ummm, Sweetie, is it possible to turn the boat just a bit", I later requested.
Despite our stellar beginning, the four of us spend an incredible Christmas holiday swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters off Green Island, collecting sea treasures along the powdery white sand beaches, feasting on fabulous meals and enjoying the tasty wines Eric and Moira brought from the states. We enjoyed spirited conversations with constant laughter, shared many-a-funny-story of the misadventures of our youth, and were lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of sea, the quiet strumming of Louis' guitar weaving through our dreams.