Hello it’s Trent here. I would like to thank everyone who spends time reading this blog and also thanks to Monica for doing such a great job keeping it going! We have had an awesome month and a half here in the Virgin Islands. It really has been a treat. The water is great, the beaches are beautiful and the snorkeling has been excellent. The company has also been fantastic as we have been tagging along with Vagabond and randomly running into Aqua Vida the whole time down here. It seems that everyone (including me) has had family and friends come down to visit while we are here in the Virgins. Captain Dan (Vagabond) has had 2 sets of guests, while his daughter is here to stay awhile, Aqua Vida has also been keeping busy entertaining friends and family, and of course my whole family flew over to St. Thomas. It’s really a no brainer to have visitors in the Virgins, as it is the easiest sailing ever. After the long trip down here it is so very nice to do short trips, island hopping around in beautiful deep water. If you get tired of a beach or spot, in about one hour you can be in a whole new area. Monica has done an excellent job captaining and navigating us through these islands. She really put in a lot of time and effort into making sure we all had the best experience.
Anyways, Dan and Monica have been meal planning together and it has been working out great. There has been no shortage of wonderful meals and being split up between two boats the work has been minimal. Back in Road Harbour they got the meal plan drawn up and then we all provisioned together. You buy this, I’ll buy that kind of thing. It helped as were were rafted up together. We had never done this before, but it was an extremely crowded anchorage and nowhere else to go unless to another bay. Vagabond had somehow snagged a good spot and then suggested we tie up to their starboard side and we did. It was really fun being able to just jump over and be aboard another boat and not have to dinghy back and forth. The next day, Aqua Vida was inbound to Road Harbor and Dan generously told them to raft up on the other side of Vagabond. So there we were, 3 boats rafted up like we were one giant yacht. I think Kaylee (the young girl aboard Aqua Vida who we really love) enjoyed it the most as she could run between all the boats and see what everyone was up to. Today is her birthday as a matter of fact and they are due to come into Leverick Bay and anchor with us to celebrate. Kaylee is turning 8 and we dug though the boat finding goodies to give her for her special day. It’s hard to come up with gifts for children out here but when it’s a child’s birthday everyone comes together. We pulled together a recycled Costco peanut can and filled it with treats like snickers bars and fig newtons, threw in a flash drive with some movies, along with a recycled card for her. Monica water colored the outside of the can and I must say it’s a very lovely gift!
It has been awesome here but I must admit I really enjoy the traveling aspect of this boat thing and I am ready to move on to the next place. So next on the list is to start keeping an eye on the weather in order to hop over to St. Maarten. It is an overnight trip but it is the last leg of this journey that is due east. As you may know the wind is very consistent 20 mph out of the east all the time here this part of the year. So you wait till there is a change and run across to St. Maarten. After that we continue south toward Grenada to spend some time on the boat getting it ready for its next big adventure, which I believe will be the Panama Canal.