Would like to say Happy Birthday to my youngest son Aaron today. 23 today and a real firecracker boy he is. My youngest daughter, Ashley, was born on December 31st so they both thought everyone shot off fireworks just for them for the first few years of their lives.
Caught a bus ride into the town of Hillsborough, at least thats where i think we were, looking for the illusive pastry bakery. The bus ride is truly a trip in itself. The buses are minivans for like 8 people but u can put 20 in there somehow. The fare is only $3.50EC which is about $1.30US. Not bad but the trade-off is in being a sardine.
Made it to town after many school and daycare stops. These kids are so sharp in their uniforms and white shirts with ties. Anyway the bakery turned out to be a booth about 4' by 6' and only sold bread and sandwiches. Made it back to Tyrrel on a different bus later.
The people here speak English and some bastardized version that must be creole. They use it to talk among themselves and u can't understand it at all.
Went on a dinghy ride into a mangrove swamp and then went snorkeling in the bay. Saw a few tropicals but forgot to take my camera. Saw some cuttle fish also.
Latter snorkeled from boat to shore and collected 7 conch. A boat boy, Robert came by as i was cleaning them and sold me some mangrove oysters. These are very small in comparison to ours but quite tasty. Gave Robert some of my conch for showing me how he cleans them. And oh yea, Fixed him a drink, a sandwich and a coffee. He was very interesting to talk to though and u lear a lot about the island thru them.
Went ashore last night but the retsaurant was not serving. They were moving all these oil cans and steel drums around to the side of the store in preparation for practice. I would have loved to have been in it myseff but was too late. Some of the natives were showing yachties how to play them and it was so hilarious watching them. These drums have many note facets beaten into them and sound awesome. This Friday the real band plays and i'm going to be there listening.
Was going to stick around until my mail came but it got delayed so will probably go to Grenada Saturday and arrange to get my mail there. They have a lot of cruisers there and have a cruisers net on 68 VHF
Was a sad day today in that Chris left to go with our Argentinian friends to go to Grenada. This worked out best for both of us. He can learn some Spanish and I need to wait here for mail from my son, Aaron.
Chris was great crew, always fixing stuff and contributing to every aspect of running the boat. He also was exceedingly generous in the financial realm. My compliments to his mom and dad, Sue and Bob, for raising him with such good ethics.
So alone again. Will wait here until son, Aaron, forwards some very important mail.
Caught another barracuda trolling over, drat it. Since they make chocolate here we tried some 82%. Man that is some dark stuff. The people here are very friendly and of course speak a"version" of English.
Customs and immigration and port fees were 65 and 8 EC But they gave us three months
We made a brief stop at Hillsborough before here but didn't like the roll or boat boys. You just have to be firm and say no thank you. Well it's supposed to work!
Was fun to wake up to a donkey braying ashore
06/28/2012, Clifton Harbor
Had to leave Tobago Cays today to go to Union Island or pay another $65EC.
Sailed over to Palm Island where the author Caldwell who wrote "Desperate Voyage". Would highly recommend this book for an entertaining but true read
06/28/2012, Southern Grenadines
Gosh how beautiful is this place! These little islands are not inhabited and are part of a national park. The park rangers come around and collect after you tie up to a mooring ball. You can't wait to dive in
I've been looking forward to swimming with sea turtles and boy were they here. Hundreds of them grazing on the bottom like cows. Was fun just watching them
Also saw many tropicals and tried to take pictures. Is hard holding on in current and operating the camera at the same time.aybe some came out okay
These islands are very close together so it only takes an hour or two to move to the next
Again pestered by the boat boys.
Bought 4 coconuts from a guy trimming palms back on Canouan and opened some. They were in the gelatinous stage which is very good.
Went snorkeling and saw many small lobsters. Was much fun watching Dorsha trying to catch them with his hands. He would jerk back just as soon as they wiggled. They were only about 5" long and he is a very big guy
06/25/2012, Charlestown Bay, Southern Grenadines
Arribed here after a pleasant sail. Only cranked the motor to up anchor and set. No fish today so we will eat some more of Mr Mackeral tonight