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Our Family Sailing Adventure
The Broom family takes a break from the rat race aboard SV Dilly Dally.
Inside the rocks
03/23/2012, The Baths, Virgin Gorda


DD on anchor
03/23/2012, The Baths, Virgin Gorda


The Baths
Lisa-Rainy then NICE
03/23/2012, Virgin Gorda

We left Road Town and headed to Virgin Gorda to visit The Baths. The Baths are not related to bathing, but rather their geologic name is Batholith.
The Baths are a unique geological formation on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. These amazing granite rocks and boulders form scenic caves and grottoes right on the beach. There is a path that you follow through the boulders to arrive at another beautiful beach called Devil's Bay. We had a GREAT day exploring there. Mom and I decided to take the upper trail back to the main beach. Turned out to be a lot longer and all uphill. At one point we were waving to a plane overhead hoping for a rescue :-)
We all decided it was time for a nice dinner out so we headed back across to Tortola to Marina Cay (pronounced key). Pusser's Rum has a nice restaurant and we were not disappointed in the food. When the family was here in 2006 we couldn't have dinner as they were all booked up. As we have seen all over, it wasn't very busy even for a Friday night.
We all went to bed full and happy that night!

Rain-so what
03/22/2012, Road Town, Tortola

Who cares if it's raining!!

Here and gone...
03/22/2012, St. Thomas to Tortola

Pic of Grama and Madeline as we head off to Tortola.

Mom and Sheila arrived at the AYH marina in Red Hook about 9:30ish on Wednesday. The boat was clean and laundry was done. After a bit of settling in and final shopping, we headed over to the BVI's. We arrived in Soper's Hole and Dale checked us in. We toured the stores along the waterfront and enjoyed a Painkiller at Pusser's (well, not all of us had a Painkiller :-).
I whipped up my famous Fettucine Carbonara and we watched the final Harry Potter as Sheila had not seen it yet. It sure is great to see people from home. And yes, Grama and Sheila brought a lot of goodies!!!
Thursday we got up to more rain and motored over to Road Town. We wanted to go to the Botanical Garden but decided it wouldn't be much fun in the rain. So, we walked around the waterfront area, bought some yummy curry snacks, found a Pandora Charm for Sheila and had a late lunch at the Village Cay Marina. There are a few historical places to visit here but we stuck to the shopping. Hopefully we will get a chance to see more of Road Town. We walked out the docks and happened to see the boat "Yellow Shoes" - long story but it was fun to see. Met a family with 2 boys on a cat. Maybe we'll see them again!

Waiting for Mom and Sheila
03/20/2012, St. Thomas

Sunday we sailed from Buck Island to St. John. We had another nice sail of about 33 miles. Beam winds at 12-14 knots. We grabbed a mooring ball in Hawksnest Bay. St. John is 2/3's marine park and there are mooring balls in most bays to protect the coral from poor anchoring techniques. They cost only $15 a night and you have to put the money in an iron box on shore. We spent the whole day Monday there too as we were waiting to head over the St.Thomas on Tuesday. We snorkeled around the edges of the bay it was decent. A nice little bay to spend some time but it was kinda rolly. Tuesday morning we headed to American Yacht Harbor Marina to take a slip while waiting for my Mom and sister to arrive. We needed to stock up on provisions and get the laundry done so we splurged on the marina. Besides, it is really crowded here and I wanted to save my family from dinghy rides right off the bat! They flew in to San Juan, PR and will spend the night. They are taking an early flight to St. Thomas tomorrow a.m. Then we plan to head over to the BVI's. We are all looking forward to seeing some family members. Plus, I hear Grama has a full suitcase of wish list items...

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