Getting ready for the next round
27 January 2013
January 27, 2013, Sunday
Well, we survived Louise' departure and after a suitable mourning period...we got back to our chores. We rented a car Thursday afternoon, as we needed to take care of some immigration business and shopping in Roadtown, as well as do laundry. So we drove off and found a laundromat about 15 minutes away. While in most other islands having your laundry done is a service and very reasonably priced (also, they really don't have Laundromats), here, if you choose the service it is very pricey, so when you have the time, it makes more sense to handle it yourself. And while it might sound strange, doing laundry is one of the great ways to connect with the locals on the island. I met several lovely ladies, two of which, Emma and Marguerite are sisters and they work in this shop. After setting our laundry in 5 machines, for the bargain price of $2.50 per load, I settled down to read my book in the doorway with an amazing view of the Sir Francis Drake channel, while Jim relaxed outside in the car in the shade with his book. After dumping all the laundry in the Dryers, the ladies and I started chatting and the next thing you know they are helping me fold my laundry, sheets and towels, talking about life on the islands, business, children...all the usual things women talk about everywhere in the world. An hour and a half and $15.25 cents later the laundry was done and we were on our way back to the boat.
Friday we braved the single lane rush hour traffic and headed into Road Town. It took us 40 minutes to get into town, and we arrived at the Immigration office right at 9am. By 9:30 we have our visa extensions in hand and are wandering around Road town, taking care of the other light shopping we needed to do. While walking thru Village Cay Marina, we ran into Bill, who we know from Grenada so we sat down to visit awhile. Then it was off to the market, then headed back to West End. We dropped off the car, programmed our float plan for departing to the USVI's tomorrow and cleared customs for Saturday, and then we could relax for the day.
Saturday...Big trip....6 miles over to Francis Bay. We waiting out a little rain, and then headed out and over to the USVI's. When we pulled in we saw Artic Tern and Tusen Takk II already here, and then saw several of the girls we know all participating in Water Aerobics with the boat just behind us. After mooring, I made my Immigration phone call and in 5 minutes, we were checked in ....Welcome to the USVI's - Amazing! Gosh we LOVE this system! Batteries charged, and now we are ready to get our chores done over the next few days. The moon is full, and rose magnificently tonight just over the hills...early Saturday morning Jim also was able to see it set behind ST. Thomas ...we are looking forward to tonight's show...if we are lucky. We plan to stay here several days, then maybe head over to Christmas Cove, then to Crown Bay Marina for Monday. In the meantime it is now time to get serious, rest up and plan for the neighbors...