Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Good Start

Is it really 2012 already? Time seems especially elastic lately – sometimes it seems like we’ve been in the Caribbean for ages and other times it seems like we just arrived. Either way we're glad to be here. We spent the holidays both working and playing in a few of our favorite spots...

Skip cleans and greases the winches

I go up the mast to reattach our refined lazy jacks.
Nice view from the top - looking out toward Tortola and the USVI
Nice view looking behind us too - the shoreline at Little Harbor.
Squid in Little Harbor.
A few more of the squid squad....
I know I've already posted a squid photo but these guys just amuse me to no end. (That's fair warning that there are likely to be more squid photos in the future.) We snorkel over to check on them each time we're in Little Harbor and sadly, each time there are a few less. They're smart creatures but I guess that's just part of being on the food chain.

We've come to appreciate the rain for more than just practical purposes. It's washed our decks and filled our tanks time and again. Each time it passes by it leaves behind a little something less practical that we appreciate just as much.

Christmas morning 2011
It's a toss up whether it's more beautiful underwater or above water here. 

Beautiful conch off Norman Island

Just before the new year began my friend Susan came for a visit. She did great on the boat, despite the normal concerns about getting seasick, and she got to see and do some things for the first time!

Welcome to the islands girl!
Susan gets the hang of noodling...
... and takes a glass blowing class at Maho Bay Camps.
Between the high winds early in her visit and the big north swell later in her visit we still managed to get out and do some sailing. The Stad Amsterdam sailed by us one day with 16 sails up. Pretty impressive both coming and going.

We also did a little rafting and snafting.  Yep... snafting... snorkeling from a raft. I'm sure I didn't invent it, it may be something they teach in snorkeling 101 (see 'When It Rains It Pours' - May 2011) but I probably should have copyrighted the word before I put it out here for all to read.  It's so incredibly dorky that there are no photos of it because Skip is either laughing too hard to take any or is trying to pretend he doesn't know me. It's sort of a poor man's glass bottom kayak. Well... sort of. Here I am with my favorite new toy before going out for a snaft.

Toss me my snorkel - I'm going to visit the squid!
Skip is standing firm; he's not snafting. Perhaps it's the lack of dignity involved. Perhaps he has a point.


Miles said...

Dear god. Stand strong Skip. The next phase of this demoralizing behavior will be putting on her fins up on the beach and high stepping it to the water. It's not something any of us want to see. Stop this snafting thing now before it takes us all down. Madeline who?

Anonymous said...

Where are you guys anyway?

Miles said...

That was me asking where you are...

Madeline said...

Hi Miles, Miles & Miles - Not to worry, Skip will not be snafting anytime soon. He doesn't know what he's missing! We are still hanging around St. John... we have some stuff to take care of and it's easy to do from here.

Hi to Lex & Dora!