Another photo heavy blog post. You know the drill.... get your coffee or glass of wine/beer and settle in. We've been here almost three weeks and once we got most of our immediate chores done - computer fixed, phone working, packages shipped - we got around to exploring. We got the lay of the land from Fort Louis at the top of a hill overlooking Marigot.
|The water on the right is Marigot Bay, the body of water in the center is the lagoon.|
|The local beer. (This photo is for my friend Kim, a Heineken devotee.)|
|Fishing with hand lines near Happy Bay|
|I know it's not a MANTA (!) but this eagle ray was beautiful to watch.|
|Mooring ball base at Tintemarre|
However.... it didn't stay where it was originally planted! They have no apparent limitations on the size of a boat that can pick up a mooring ball; perhaps this one was dragged across the seabed by a big boat in a big wind?
|The windward side of Tintemarre|
|A sad ending to a boat's life|
|Take out everything....|
|....and crawl in. It's a tight fit.|
Boat projects are ongoing, much as house projects are on land. When we first arrived we saw a young couple working on this boat, a proa, in a nearby boat yard. On one of our trips through the bridge they were ahead of us and we watched them on their maiden voyage. A very cool looking boat!
|Nighttime in the lagoon.|
We like to tune into whatever the local radio station is just to see what they're playing and what's going on in local politics. (It's the same old political power struggles everywhere) and we heard mention of the raft Antiki that was leaving through the early bridge one morning and is headed for Eluethera in the Bahamas. We zipped over in the dinghy to see them off. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean in this raft. Here's more about the venture.... http://gasballoon.com/antiki/. It's pretty interesting/inspiring/crazy, depending on your point of view.
|An interesting contrast.... Antiki and a mega yacht both readying to go through the bridge.|
|Hope those eyes keep a lookout.|
|She looks small out there.... good luck Antiki!|
|A massing of dinghies usually means a good sailing crowd.|
|Evening clouds seen from Barnacles dock|
We've decided to take advantage of the good weather to head for Antigua tomorrow though there's more to see and do here. It's hard to decide to leave but there's so much more ahead to see. Luckily we were still around to catch the Time Out Boat Yard's first Saturday of the month flea market. We walked around just enough to see that indeed one man's trash is another man's treasure. That didn't stop us from buying some stuff.... we got two quarts of oil for $4.... what a deal! Our big score though, was a free HP computer. It'll probably be worth just what we paid for it. It's similar to the one that died on us and took our charting program with it so we figured maybe we could create one frankencomputer out of the two. And like the guy who gave it to us said, if we didn't take it "it'll just go in the shitter." Nice.
|He didn't say "Argh!" but he sure looks like he would/should. Is there cafe au lait, or rum in his mug?|
Patricia, the vendor with gorgeous French linens, told us she'd arrived in St. Martin by boat too. She and her husband and their five year old son crossed the Atlantic seventeen years ago with plans to sail around the world. When they reached St. Martin they found that their boat's engine was beyond repair. So they stayed.
There are a lot of interesting stories out here.