Today We Celebrate
14 April 2011 | Emerald Bay, Great Exuma
When we were at Big Major’s Spot back in February we had dinner with the crew of Raconteur on their boat. They left the next day and had to leave their boat and fly to the US and to Europe for business. They left the boat here. The first time we were here we checked on their boat and sent them a photo showing that it was doing fine. This time we expected them to be gone, as they were due back the first week in April. When we got here the boat was still here, but they weren’t. Yesterday morning I asked at the desk if the marina had heard from the folks on Raconteur. They had not. Since we’re leaving in the morning I figured we’d missed them. But in the afternoon, Bud saw Susan, JP and Leigh get out of a taxi. They were back. It turns out Leigh got quite ill with the flu so they were delayed a week. The happy consequence of that unhappy illness was that we met again. So we asked them if they would like to have dinner aboard Earendil this time.
Tonight we had them over for dinner. Bud made Jambalaya and I baked an apple pie. We ran the generator and the air conditioner during all the cooking to try to keep the boat from heating up. When they came we had drinks in the cockpit and then came down for dinner. It was still pretty hot below, but we all enjoyed the dinner anyway. I had Bud take a picture (I was at the back of the salon, so it was easier to have him do it). Then we retired to the cockpit for a little more conversation, but we made an early night of it as Leigh is still under the weather and Bud and I have to get ready to leave in the morning.
Susan, JP, Leigh and Raconteur are continuing on south to the Trinidad – Tobago area. So we celebrated their return and the continuation of their journey, and our 6-month anniversary as cruisers. I think Bud was a bit jealous that they were going south and we were going north. He’ll feel a lot better about going back once we get the work we want done on the boat. I feel a twinge of regret that we aren’t going on this year, but I also want the changes before we venture further and I’m really looking forward to seeing some friends and family again.
I have no idea what Internet access will be like in the islands where we’re headed, so be patient. I’ll try to post the blog via Sailmail; if that doesn’t work you’ll see the next posting as soon as I can get at the Internet again. I’ll write almost everyday, and post as soon as I can.