Whoa! Can you believe it’s already March?!
Holy moly, that snuck up on me.
You know what they say…times flies when you’re having fun! And we’ve been having a blast hosting lots of fun visitors aboard this here sailing vessel. :)))
Last week alone we sailed about 85 miles around the Caribbean with Jereme’s parents on board! Yup, they officially qualify as salty sailors after making one heck of a slog with us…in some less-than-ideal conditions, no less. Way to go you two! :))) From St. Thomas to St. John, then on to Norman Island, BVI, all the way back west to Culebra, Puerto Rico, and then finally back again to St. Thomas.
Phew! I’m exhausted.
Jereme’s folks flew into St. Thomas and met us just across the way from Christmas Cove for a week-long stay aboard s/v LAHO. They were our THIRD set of visitors this month after first hosting Jer’s cousin and then his sister. :))) (I’d say we’ve done our fair share of laundry this month, lol.)
I think we’ve also successfully acclimated all three sets of guests to “life aboard.”
Let’s just say everyone enjoyed at least one (or more) wet dinghy rides, had something toasted in a pan on the stove for breakfast (as opposed to a normal toaster), used wet wipes as a substitute for a daily shower, helped us hoist or lower the dinghy on the regular, pumped their poop (sorry!), and hopefully even managed to have a blast hanging with us in the Caribbean!
I have TONS of photos from our days spent around all three sets of Virgin Islands with my future in-laws, but for now, here are a few favs from our first few days in St. John and Norman Island, BVI.
We stopped on Day 1 in Cruz Bay (took a mooring in Caneel Bay and dinghied ourselves over) for some shopping and lunch! (Side note, we’ve found Cruz Bay to have some of the best restos to choose from and one heck of an ice cream spot at the far end/corner of Mongoose Junction.)
With plenty of money spent and just enough sunlight left in the day, we left Cruz Bay and headed around the corner of St. John to spend the night in Leinster/Maho Bay where we enjoyed a fab sunset and some tasty shishkabobs on the grill!
Next, we moved on to Norman Island in BVI.
For those of you who have sailed around the Virgin Islands, you probably already know that the anchorage at Norman Island is by far one (if not THE) most comfortable and super calm anchorages around. (I’d say we’ve spent a collective week and a half to two weeks in this particular anchorage and we’ve always found it to be perfect…i.e. no roll whatsoever.)
Really though, we picked this spot for a two-night stay with Jer’s parents while we waited out some of the strongest winds forecasted that week. And there was plenty of snorkeling, lounging, sun-bathing, cocktails, and dinner at Pirate’s Bight while we waited!
…Lots more to come from our week with Jer’s folks and a side trip to Culebra in the Spanish Virgins…just after I finish editing a crap-ton of photos. ;))
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