We made some new friends in Culebra where we tucked into a sheltered cove to avoid the bouncy waves brought on by continuing strong easterlies. Having left their “I-could-tell-you-but-then-I’d-have-to-kill-you” type careers in DC, Patti and John live now aboard Anhinga full time. They told us great stories about their lives and shared info about the islands they’ve visited so far. They were kind enough to loan us their tandem kayak and even took some photos of our maiden voyage.
|John and Patti stop by for a visit|
The bigger/stronger person sits in the back and follows the lead of the person in the front. For this very reason, John calls it ‘the divorce boat’ when a husband/wife duo paddles, but we ended up laughing more than arguing on our excursion. We hope to come across them again as we continue traveling in the Caribbean.
|Briefly in sync...|
|Often out of sync|
|Happiness is an hour spent in West Marine.|
With time on our hands we broke into some of the coconuts we picked up on Vieques and made some coco-nutty things.
|This part is best done off the big boat|
I've discovered that doing anything with a coconut is really labor intensive and I'd be willing to pay more now for desiccated coconut or cans of coconut milk. Just drinking the coconut liquid and eating the fresh coconut meat is treat enough too.
|Grated and desiccated coconut, used for....|
|....coconut and lemon cupcakes!|
|These two critters, both wandering around Culebra, were about the same size.|
When we went ashore the next day we ran into our friend Josh, from Rhode Island, who was there to delivery a boat north with a customer.
|Happy sailing Josh!|
When we went to sleep that night, this ship was docked at the sub base pier, loading boats to go north to the states.
The next morning we were up early and this ship was docked there in its’ place, blocking out half the hillside.
|More cruise ships tucked around the corner at Havensight in Charlotte Amalie|
The last leg of our trip to St. Croix was about 35 miles and we arrived there early in the afternoon to the welcome sight of Skip’s parents waving to us from the dock. (Sorry no photo… it’s hard to handle lines and take pictures at the same time!) For the next four days we got spoiled. Hot showers, clean towels, great meals, great views and most of all great company. (A special thanks to chef Bobby who hooked us up with some fabulous locally made chipotle pepper hot sauce!)
|Warren and Kathie|
|This was one of my favorite spots|
|View from the Buccaneer dining room|
|Afternoon at Mermaid Beach|
|Look closely and you'll see St. Thomas and St. John way in the distance.|
|Kathie and Warren looking relaxed after their Caribbean holiday|