Calm, Cool and Collected in Antigua
21 April 2010 | Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
Alice is off to Aruba.
We dinghied in this morning around 03:00, it was so peaceful in Falmouth Harbor, the wind was less than five knots, not even a ripple on the water. As we powered toward the dinghy dock, sailboats with sleeping cruisers passed by, we went slowly so as to not make noise or waves, such a tranquil moment, such a contrast to the beatings we've experienced sailing between islands.
The taxi was waiting, thank goodness, one less stress for Alice, then she was gone, my lady, my partner was off the boat for seven days. We, that's me and Lucky Bird miss our lady.
The dinghy ride back was different. Alice and I travel together in the dinghy and seldom at night. I went very slow just to appreciate the moment, to experience the feeling of returning to LB alone, and to recognize just how much I love Alice and our time together on this voyage. I know this sounds kind-of mushy but so what, it is!! You try spending eleven months together with someone you cherish on a 42 foot sailboat and see if your heart doesn't miss a couple of beats when separated.
I cooked scrambled eggs with toast/peanut butter and coffee; I said good bye to the cruising couples on Dolce Vita and Idonno who were taking a couple of days to visit Nonsuch Harbor and Green Island. Now Lucky Bird is kind-of by herself in the harbor, but racing boats are arriving for the Antigua Race Week starting Thursday. I'm looking forward to spending lots of time on the docks and watching the races.
Today was a project day. After breakfast, yes Alice my love, I cooked breakfast, good for me!! I decided to tackle some of our internal sanding and varnishing projects and despite the annoying drops of sweat everywhere, argh!!
I made some real progress, thank goodness for our generator, the vacuum cleaner made quick cleanup of my sanding mess.
So life without my lady was ok so far today and I trust she's safe on Aruba in the loving hands of family. We are blessed.