It's seriously beautiful here and of course, it was the first place we sailed after launching Saralane a few weeks ago. I'll back up a bit though...
After we launched, Skip came down with a nasty bug and spent about 3 days sleeping off a fever and exhaustion. Not to be left out, I wrenched something in my right shoulder and wobbled around the boat doing whatever small things I could do without using my right arm or moving too much at all. So it was a bit of a rough start after being away from the boat so long. Saralane was in better shape than either of us with just a few creaks and groans (or was that us making those noises) as she got going again.
Once we were feeling better, we got ourselves away from the dock in Jolly Harbor, spent a night in Five Islands and a night in Deep Bay, then right up to Barbuda where we were in the good company of Gordon and Louise on Coho, Paul and Janie on Shian and after a few days, Alistair and Esther on Cranstackie who had just sailed in from Nevis.
|Viewed from the fort in Deep Bay, we watched this cruise ship depart dwarfing a tanker in the distance|
|Also viewed from the fort - tiny people at the surf's edge in Deep Bay|
There was a significant north swell running which would have made Coco Point a very uncomfortable anchorage so we opted to head straight to Gravenor Bay where we've spent some pretty perfect days and nights over the years. Coho looks content here even with stormy skies and a strange southerly wind blowing.
|Coho in Gravenor Bay|
Instead of hiking the windward beach off Spanish Point, we walked along the road toward Coco Point (referred to as "a road of sorts" on an old chart we have) and I was mildly inspired to resurrect my flora and fauna work.
|Sharp flora, courtesy of Mother Nature|
|Imitation sharp stuff, inspired by Mother Nature|
|All I got for fauna is the requisite donkey photo|
|The "road of sorts"|
We've been curious about any changes that might be happening at the defunct K Club, where we love to wander around and collect coconuts and take photos. On our walk we passed the old entrance to the resort which didn't look any different at all, so it would seem progress is slower than anticipated in the takeover and revamping of the property.
|Back to the beach where John H waited to ferry us home after our walk.|
|View from Coco Point - Antigua is waaaaay in the distance|
|View from Gravenor Bay - Antigua again just visible in the distance (to the right of the rain)|
|New signs popped up here and there at the K Club - STAY OUT! No more coconuts for us.|
|John H waits for us on the beach at Coco Point|
|Squalls all around|
|Almond tree feeling the breeze|