S.V. Gratitude

Brewer 44, hull number 284

18 March 2019 | Cumberland Island, GA
08 February 2019
08 February 2019 | George Town, Exumas
01 February 2019 | Great Harbor Cay
31 December 2018 | Stuart, FL
21 December 2018 | Stuart Florida
21 December 2018
17 December 2018 | Stuart, FL
14 December 2018 | St. Augustine, FL
13 December 2018 | Sister’s Creek
12 December 2018 | Atlantic Ocean
11 December 2018 | Windmill Harbour
01 March 2017 | Exumas
26 February 2017 | Jumentos Cays & Ragged Islands
09 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Jumentos Islands, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | En Route to Nassau
23 January 2017 | Sister Creek, Marathon, FL
06 January 2017 | Cayo Costa State Park
17 March 2016
14 March 2016

Dinosaurs in the Bahamas?

03 February 2016 | Hog Cay Jumentos
One of our (and virtually all other cruisers’) favorite pastimes is to go exploring the islands. Many cruisers bring machetes with them to bushwhack a trail through the scrub or to enlarge a trail that someone made previously. The trails meander through sand, a variety of vegetation, over rock outcroppings – including the nasty, rough, and jagged iron-stone – past ponds, up and down hills, until the other shore is reached. Part of the quest is to see the ocean – and how rough it is therefore how pleased we are to be tucked in somewhere safe and sound. Also, there are many treasures to be found on the ocean side – old fishnet floats (unfortunately, the blown glass balls are very few and far between), fishing line and nets, dolls, and more plastic than you can shake a stick at. There is so much plastic that it would be impossible to clean up every beach, and even if you could, more trash would float ashore just as the job was completed.
That does not mean that the trash is left there or not put to good use. To the greatest degree, the beachcombers collect what they can and place the trash in piles (often including an old boat or tub or barrel to contain as much as possible) in the hope that someone in authority will pick up and remove the piles. We all know that will not happen, but we all still hope for it and vainly collect trash for that eventuality.
Interesting items are retrieved for placement as trail markers so that the trail heads, and unexpected turns, are marked for the next venturesome soul. The markers often are buoys or floats, buckets or pots, cups, dolls, shoes – and there is a plethora of shoes on the ocean beaches – or pieces of colorful line (usually turquoise). During our walk, we gathered a plastic up (whose handle enabled it to be hung on a tree branch), a stencil for a chemistry lab course, a dolls arm (whose thumb would mark the way), and some line. En route we happened upon the marker in the photo adjoining this blog, which only goes to show that dinosaurs truly did wander the earth down here.
Vessel Name: Gratitude
Vessel Make/Model: Brewer 44 Ketch
Hailing Port: Brandon, VT
Crew: Van and Lauren
About: It is hard to believe, but this is our 7th season aboard Gratitude. It will be a short season and close to FL, but we hope to relax, enjoy the time, being on the water, and each other. Come along.
Extra: Live it while you can.
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2015 Cruise

Who: Van and Lauren
Port: Brandon, VT