05 January 2010 | Back in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
We love having friends visit us on Scappatella, but the planning and scheduling of it all can be a bit challenging for both us and our friends. Due to weather, the inevitable mechanical issues, and a desire to remain spontaneous and "unscheduled", it's impossible for us to know exactly where we're going to be at any given time. All we can do is give it our best guess and ask that friends who want to visit are a bit flexible and spontaneous with their travel plans. But, if it's a bit complicated meeting up with us, just imagine what it's like for the friend who wants to visit us AND another cruiser during the same timeframe. Such was the case with our adventurous and fun-loving friend Jen Fuller.
When we started planning her visit back in November, Jen was trying to coordinate a visit with both Scappatella and with friends on another boat - Pilrgim - who at the time were in Rhode Island. While we're emailing Jen from Curacao, deep in the Southern Caribbean, Pilgrim is in a boatyard some 2,000+ miles north of us! Both of us were still in the yard at this point, and both of us had "plans" to be in Antigua at some point. Jen's idea was to meet up with one or the other of us, and then hopefully sail and/or fly between islands and catch up with the other boat. All in the space of 10 days.
Many emails go back and forth as Jen tries to get a handle on all of our various plans and learn the general lay of the land...where she could fly into, out of, and what islands we might possibly be in January. Of course, both boats are delayed. Pilgrim is dealing with ongoing mechanical issues (yup, every boat has them) while our earlier weather delays result in us getting to Antigua a few weeks later than planned. At some point she throws caution to the wind and books a flight to Antigua, figuring it will all work out...somehow.
So here we sit having drinks at the Mad Mongoose in Falmouth Harbor, waiting for Jen's taxi to drive up. And there sits Pilgrim, in the boatyard just a stone's throw away! Now, what are the odds of that? Isn't it interesting what happens when you just let nature - and boats - take their course!