Out of the Cocoon

So much fun watching our own journey here in the Caribbean evolve. It’s such a learning curve, all the regulations, different sailing conditions and places to see. We are undergoing a metamorphosis as we change and grow into the laid back lifestyle of cruisers. It can be hard work some days you know.

Thomas coming out of his cocoon

Thomas coming out of his cocoon

We see other things undergoing metamorphic processes, such as the boating industry with such particularities as this insect type vessel that passed through the bridge into the lagoon at St. Maarten. (in the pic below)

This boat was a mini hydrofoil

This boat was a mini hydrofoil

 

We are currently at Marina Cay in the British Virgin Islands. It is the setting of a best seller of two lovebirds setting up house on the island. There was a movie about it too.  Such a tiny little islet, you’d wonder where a novel fits in but I guess where there’s romance, there’s always a good story. Music is belting out from the bar on the beach and there’s no point competing with it.

Marina Cay, the place of dreams and great snorkelling

Marina Cay, the place of dreams and great snorkelling

We had a lovely snorkel this afternoon on the reef surrounding the cay. We saw  lobsters and a turtle having a sleep with its head in a little cave under a rock along with hundreds of fish. The BVIs are a wonderful sailing archipelago but quite crowded as far as anchorages go but everyone is friendly.

Had an overcast day yesterday so headed to ‘the Baths’ – some crazy rock formations near the beach where the water rushes in creating pools where the water rushes in through the cracks in the rocks. Couldn’t have a bath though – no nude bathing in BVIs!!!! What’s that about?

The Baths

The Baths

We have really come out of our shell with socialising since St Maarten. We met lovely people including two solo German sailors, Andre and Tom. They came over for dinner and it was nice for Thomas to have a chat in German. They were nice blokes and appreciated the Thai dinner and Andre was so happy when he saw crepes come up for dessert that he excitedly said, “I’ve got Nutella back on my boat,” He didn’t speak for a while once I brought up my Nutella.

Hanging out with Captain Morgan

Hanging out with Captain Morgan

He was busy eating and I guess relieved that he didn’t have to go back to his boat across the bay.

Happy Hour - every hour

Happy Hour – every hour

We also met Diana and Paul from Boston, a lovely couple who spend a few months each year in the Caribbean on their boat. Their friend Jeff was visiting from Atlantic City. We had a couple of great nights out with them. All interesting people with lots of good stories and sailing tips. (see pics below)

Out to dinner with Paul and Diana

Out to dinner with Paul and Diana

So here we are in the beautiful BVIs and who should we run into in Marina Cay, but our friendly Danish stalkers. Had a lovely afternoon with Annette who came over for a bit of a chat and time out. We will miss them when we stop running into them.

The Danish ketch in the background

The Danish ketch in the background

 

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2 Responses to Out of the Cocoon

  1. Merle says:

    I see you are still living the dream. Makes me so happy. Have received a good report from heart specialist – had some tests lately. He was lucky to find one (some people would say). I am loving your stories (and envy you seeing so many different places). Now that both Ken and I have received good heart reports, I might look at the Thailand/Laos trip again. Ken turns 70 on Sunday.

  2. Annette says:

    We will miss running in to you too. Hope all is well, enjoying reading your blog. We will be heading south from tomorrow.
    All the best to you both

    ciao
    a

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