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Boat Life Lately. According to my iPhone.

Life lately has been a big mix of hustling to pack in as much sight seeing fun as humanly possible with visitors on board, along with a decent chunk of total utter relaxation and not doing a thing in between sets of visitors. A nice little balance, if I do say so myself.

After running around BVI and USVI with family for two awesome weeks, we spent the past week kicking back in Christmas Cove, St. Thomas (awaiting our next round of visitors).

Here our a few of our most recent iPhone photos (all posted over on Instagram of course)!

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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

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Yup, just another regular joy of life afloat. Commercial laundry facilities, driers in particular, are not always the most reliable. And hence, we oftentimes find ourselves schlepping back a few loads of clean, yet wet laundry…that needs drying!

We hang as much as we can on the lifelines around the exterior of the boat (it obviously dries way faster in the sun and wind), but when we run out of exterior space and/or clothespins for our clothing and linens, what’s leftover ends up down below.

Now, this is the glamorous side of cruising!

I kid, I kid.

I know I’m guilty myself of posting mostly only the glossiest (is that even a word?) and prettiest photos on the blog, but deep down, I want to remember and document it all. The good, the bad, and the hilarious. You know, celebrate the everyday.

And having to dodge wet undies as you walk through the sailboat cabin is hilarious in my book. :)))

I must admit, we’ve worked out a perfect clothesline system, even inside. We simply use our favorite paracord (I wrote about it and some of our other most overlooked yet beloved items on the boat >> here <<) and string it up from one mounted hook to another. Open a few hatches/windows to get a good breeze blowing through the cabin and you’ll have dry undies in no time!

Okay enough about wet undies, guess what we’re up to this week? Yup, more awesome visitors! We are prepping for Jer’s parents, who arrive later this week! Yippee!!!

And we are cranking out a few loads of laundry, making sure the boat is spick and span, and grabbing some fresh groceries in town. And each of those small tasks takes about a day each to complete. Lol. Life on a boat, I tell ya.

Happy Tuesday!

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Felicia KasFebruary 17, 2015 - 12:27 pm

I freaking love this!!! Way to show all aspects of the journey! Don’t get me wrong through, your beach photos are exquisite.

LISA YOUNGFebruary 17, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Hope you guys have a perfect week with Jereme’s mom and dad!!!! See all the sights you can and enjoy everything.

Bath time.

Visiting the Baths is a total must-do here in the BVI. I’m sure I’m the nine millionth cruiser to post about the famous boulder/water hike on Virgin Gorda, but hell it’s just that neat!

But don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with any tips on when to go, how to get there, etcetera etcetera because there are plenty of others out there who’ve got that covered. Instead, I’m just going to tell you that we absolutely loved it! LOVED it!

Sadly, my GoPro did not love the hike as much as we did and just kept fogging over as we roamed about the massive rock formations.

I’m not sure what exactly has gotten into my fav underwater camera companion, but my GoPro has just been the pits lately. The waterproof housing has begun to fog like no other as soon as I take the camera out into the elements. It’s so bizarre. I’ve cleaned it. Dried it. And still, fog. Ugh. If anyone has a good solution for this annoying issue, pretty please let me know.

Luckily, a kind German lady on the beach let me use her towel to clean my GoPro housing (after we had swam to shore directly from the boat) before we entered The Baths. And it worked okay for a little while, but of course began fogging up again mid-baths. Talk about annoying.

Anyhoo, here are some of the shots (and VIDEO!!!) I salvaged from our fog-o-riffic camera. And it’s all from two separate trips to The Baths…in case you’re wondering why I have a change of bikini throughout the vid. Lol. But seriously, check out this awesome tourist spot if you go the the BVI’s! It’s really a neat place to see!

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ScottFebruary 16, 2015 - 1:26 am

I’ve had times when the gopro starts fogging up. Not sure why but I use these. http://amzn.com/B009QXFFYS. Do you get amazon prime delivery there?? Great video. Love reading the blog. Heading to the baths this June. I’ll bring you some anti fog strips then if you haven’t gotten them yet :)

chris knocheFebruary 16, 2015 - 2:51 pm

I get a bang out of anyone that uses the word “anyhoo”. Guaranteed they are fun people! Lol!

KateFebruary 22, 2015 - 2:29 am

Have you guys checked these out? http://www.tribord.co.uk/content/easybreath-snorkeling-mask

I’ve heard some pretty amazing things, thinking about getting one myself. Thought I’d share!

Indian Snork!

Fluttering sea fans. Colorful coral gardens. And boatloads of fish swimming on by. If you like snorkeling, then you’ll love the Indians!

Our current count stands at three separate trips to the Indians. Yup, three.

We did a quick tour of the popular snorkel site (just outside of Norman Island) ourselves before deciding it was definitely worth bringing others back to see. Stops two and three occurred when we had Jer’s cousin and sister aboard earlier this month. And although this is one of the more popular charter stops for most vacationers in the area, honestly, even after three visits, I would go for my fourth in a heart beat.

It’s been super easy to grab a mooring ball, jump in, and swim over to the reef to check out all the underwater action and sea life living around the four protruding rocks known as The Indians. Our highlights so far have been a massive permit fish, a small shark, and plenty of interesting tropical fish we had never seen until now.

Of course, I toted along the good ole GoPro for some underwater footage of our snorkeling adventures…

And, holy smokes, we even got our short snork video to upload and actually make it through the red tape over at Vimeo! Hooray!!!

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Tim barberFebruary 13, 2015 - 3:54 pm

If you have an active blog sending to email would u please enroll me. Thank u

Jesse K on SmittyFebruary 17, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Did you check out the caves while in that area?

If not, its worth a return trip. Anchor in the Bight and then take the dink around the point and there are some great caves to snorkel.

Chartering in that area is what inspired us to do it full time. Can’t wait to get there on our own boat.

Fair winds,

Jesse

DeeFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:29 am

Same as previous comment. If you have an active blog sending to an email, please add me.

Beach Porn.

Not to piss off anyone who may or may not be sitting at the office staring at a computer screen right this very moment, but I just wanted to share a few of my fav beach-scapes from the past week of our boaty boat life.

Cruising is definitely not always lying around on white sand beaches or sipping tropical frozen drinks (believe me, it’s really not). Like for instance, yesterday we spent the first two and a half hours of our day sitting in the dinghy with Oliver while we attempted another DIY grooming. (Just think tons and tons loose poodle fur flying around in your face as you sit sweating in the hot caribbean sun. Fun times, lol.)

But when cruising life is good, it’s really good!

Here are some of the most drool-worthy locales we’ve visited lately in the BVI’s…

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AlyseFebruary 11, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Beautiful as always! I love your photos!

I actually have (another) question for you… I’m taking a painting class on how to paint water (craftsy.com for the win!) and I wonder if I might have your permission in using one of your gorgeous water-scape photos as my subject? I probably won’t even close to do it any justice, and it won’t do anything but sit in my home as I learn more and more, but your photos are stunning and I hope that you’ll say yes. ☺

I’m always enjoying your blog. You do such fantastic work with your camera and stories.

Teresa KrampitzFebruary 11, 2015 - 3:40 pm

I love your pictures!! I follow your post all the time! We are such beach people!

RumShopRyanFebruary 13, 2015 - 1:42 am

Simply stunning guys! Keep up the good work. Hopefully our island paths will cross in the future. Cheers!