Dear Friends and Family
05 July 2012 | Peter Island, BVI's
The most important thing that I have learned on this voyage is patience. Things do not happen as fast as they do in Florida.
The places we have been are beautiful. The people that we have met have been very helpful. Cruisers will go out of their way to help other cruisers. We have been rescued more than once in situations that could have been dangerous if we had not gotten help.
We have had all kinds of dingy problems and other cruisers have helped us get Windy to shore. Sea Us, Olivia and Ryan spent 3 days giving us rides to shore when the prop broke on dingy motor.
I have been cooking! Surprise surprise! For breakfast we have potatoes and scrambled eggs or French toast or oatmeal. When I try to make pancakes there is a lot of swearing coming from the galley.
For lunches I make grilled cheese, peanut butter or tuna sandwiches. If we are going to shore we usually have lunch where we are getting internet.
For dinners we have been having pasta or rice or Mac and Cheese with canned ham, tuna, or chicken. Or we might have soup. We bought several Annies Mac and Cheese before we left and we are running low. Although the stores have regular Mac and Cheese, I only found Annies one place and it was $6.50. I just could not pay that.
I have muffin mix and I have been burning the bottoms and the tops are fine. I told Gary that people pay extra for muffin tops. Since Carol Meeds was the only one ever to use the oven, I am still learning. We are looking for a new temperature gauge because I am not sure we are getting an accurate reading. Yesterday, I was able to make banana muffins without burning them.
Groceries are much more expensive because I no longer get things two for one at Publix.
Because we are having problems with the wind generator, we do not have refrigeration. We sometimes can get ice to keep things cold. When we are motoring and if we have ice to cool down the refrige we can run it while we are motoring.
There are lots more packages of rice a roni and pasta type packages in the stores than I expected. I am happy because I am not that good at making these from scratch.
I lost 10 pounds when I got on the boat. We are definitely eating less. I am not getting as much exercise.
When we were in Calebra, Spanish Virgin Islands , we found a great place to snorkel. The fish were colorful and plentiful.
There are times when I am scared. Thankfully those are usually temporary situations.
We are now at Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands. We have seen several big turtles around the boats.
Windy still will not use the boat as her bathroom. We are in the British Virgin Islands and she is not allowed off the boat. We even had Bo her boyfriend from Sea Us go on the trampoline and she still would not go. There are times when it is dangerous conditions to get to shore so we are still working on it.
The picture was taken from shore as we took shelter from a sudden squall that swept through.