On our way east!
18 March 2012
By 9:45am we had cleared the end of the runway and were headed to Culebra! Our first trip to the Spanish Virgin Islands and we are very excited. We were able to motor sail most of the way, and by 1:45 were nested into Ensenada Honda in Culebra just off the main town of Dewey (after the famous Admiral, of course). After calling the number for customs, and discovering we needed to head to the airport to secure a Decal necessary for these waters, we dropped the dingy, collected Wind Shepherd and were off to shore. None of us have been here before so our conversations are peppered with...do YOU know where the airport is?...Nope...do YOU know where the Dingy dock is?...Nope...well somehow we figured it all out. At the top of the hill we asked a lady sitting on her porch where the airport was, She didn't understand my (nearly non-existent) Spanish ...Auropuerto?, but fortunately she spoke English and directed us straight down the road perhaps a mile or so where we saw the airport.
The US Homeland and Border security officer could not have been nicer or more friendly to us, and we had quite a fun time in the office while he completed the paperwork and gave us our receipts. After heading thru the downtown area and discovering nothing was open due to three factors, the time of day (after lunch, but before dinner), the fact that it is Sunday, and an election day to boot, so by 4:30 we were back on the boat and relaxing. Tomorrow, more exploration, and perhaps a new location!