The last fish we caught was on our way from Barbuda to Antigua but it was so powerful we didn't get a chance to bring it in - it took the proverbial (and actual) hook, line and sinker with it back into the sea - so we were extra determined to bring this one on board. It turned out to be a big tuna... a big heavy tuna! I could hardly hold it up long enough for Skip to snap a photo.
The timing of this catch couldn't have been better. We're here in St. Croix to spend a week with Skip's family at the Buccaneer, celebrating his dad's 90th and celebrating just having time together. We took the tuna with us to the hotel kitchen and they made an incredible dinner for all of us on our first night there. Anything we do with fresh tuna on the boat in the future will pale in comparison to what the chefs here did. Y.U.M.
Backing up a bit (because of course I had to start with the fish photo); before leaving for St. Croix we spent time with friends in the BVI. Our friends Wendy and Dave stayed with us for a few days following a weeklong sailing school and they had a chance to try out their new sailing skills on Saralane.
|Dave - happy at the helm|
|Wendy - even happier not at the helm|
We caught up with s/v Demeter and crew Claudia and Ted and their cool kids Max and Anya. Ted's brother and sister in law, Greg and Kathy were with them and we spent a few interesting evenings with the whole crew. Greg and Kathy have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and their stories were pretty inspiring.
|Kathy, Greg and Skip in this clearly marked "group" shot|
|Greg's tattoo says it all: "Georgia to Maine '06"|
As a bonus - we found a new home for Skip's uh.... 'treasure' from Barbuda. Not only has he been wearing it around the boat, he's been threatening to wear it in public. I thought it was best to remove all temptation before it was too late. Thanks Demeter kids - have fun with it!
|Max has his own unique style.|
|Yellow is Anya's color!|
|Even Claudia can't resist the hard hat/is forced to try on the hard hat|
Even though we've been spending a fair amount of time in the BVI we hadn't been back to Anegada for a while, so with some time on our hands we sailed the short distance north to the low island. It had been really windy and the water was too stirred up for good snorkeling, but the weather was perfect for hiking.
Seen around Anegada...
|Cow Wreck Bay|
|The chair is for my sisters; the flip flop boot is for my rockabilly friend Linda!|
With all this blue around us I've sort of forgotten about flora and fauna shots. I made an attempt at a few on St. John and discovered I'm still wildlife-photo challenged.... even the donkeys got past me. And the mongoose? Forget about it.
|From top L: donkeys, lemon shark, mongoose, frangiapani|
|Little Blue Heron|
We're being spoiled here (again) at the Buccaneer but early next week it's back to Saralane and blue water as we work our way east once more.