Sunday, March 6, 2011

Joy of Sailing

To finish off this trek, I now have all the photos and videos posted ... just click on Photos at the top of the page.

The one I love the most is this video of Jim up on the bow - this is what a perfect day on the water is all about.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Show me the Numbers (or the Route, or whatever)

I unloaded the GPS today and was able to put together our tracks from the two parts of our trip. I broke it into two because that's basically what we did, and the distances are easier to show on the two maps.

Part 1: St. Thomas to St. Croix and back

Part 2: St. Thomas and into the BVI's with Caitlin & Jim

Rounding out the trip

As we finished off our fabulous week in the BVI's we ran out of wi-fi connections and so this posting is late but here...

On Saturday morning we headed back into Road Town for more exploration and some shopping. There were a couple of smaller cruise ships in town but compared to St. Thomas the pandemonium was completely tame. The shops along main street were delightful and it was much easier to find locally crafted items rather than flipping over something and finding 'made in China/Indonesia' on the back.

Jim actually ended up picking up the very funky green t-shirt hanging on the line at the back of this little alley and the art shop adjacent had wonderful items.

We also took the opportunity to visit the Old Government House which was perched just above our anchorage. Surprisingly we hooked up with a tour that was just about to go around which was hosted by a localized ex-pat Canadian. The house had quite a history and was lovely and breezy; one could just imagine the colonialist British governor enjoying a cup of tea in the afternoon as his children lazily romped through the grounds. The dining room had the most beautiful murals painted by the wife of one of the former residents and our guide was quite adamant that they were pretty much the reason the house had been saved.

We checked out of the BVI's at Road Town and then headed off for another delightful afternoon sail, running down to St.John and Leinster Bay. It was too late to make our way round to Cruz Bay so we quietly stayed on board as the wind blew through the anchorage.

Our evening fun onboard with Caitlin and Jim has consisted of a few rounds of Euchre (great to have 4 to play!), a couple of rounds of asshole (that title rotates quite freely) and then a challenge of Scrabble. Aren't we the exciting bunch!!