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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

We’re back in our home away from home…good ole Christmas Cove! Somehow this little anchorage has become a great home base for us while simultaneously canoodling all around the USVI and BVI. We always seem to come back to this very spot, grab a (free) mooring ball, sometimes drop-off or pick-up visitors, do laundry, or just veg for a bit. It just works in so many ways.

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^^Our little rocky sea-glass filled Christmas Cove beach for Oliver.^^

And holy moly it’s like the young cruiser blogosphere collided right here alongside us. Lately, Christmas Cove, St. Thomas has been packed to the gills with sailing bloggers. Over the past week or so alone, we’ve seen MJ Sailing, Kasablanca, Where the Coconuts Grow, Sailing Altera, It’s a Necessity, Salty Kisses and probably a few others I’m forgetting. Kinda freaky, no? ;))

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^^Oh hey Matt + Jess! Oliver loves these two!^^

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^^We also found them snorkeling around while we were dinghying with Oliver.^^

This week we’re sticking around Christmas Cove and plan on laying low and mostly just vegging (plus I’m sure completing a few boat chores) after having some awesome boat guests the past two weeks.

Happy Tuesday! :)))))))

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Jessica @ MJ SailingFebruary 10, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Omg, I love all these photos! And we had such a blast hanging out with you two! Who knows, if the weather continues to look crappy this week, as it is at the moment, maybe you’ll see us back in Christmas Cove. :)

GeorgeFebruary 10, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Love that you have your dog with you. Have you blogged about dog management issues?

Pia Lewis PerryFebruary 11, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Looks lovely! We are heading down to play for a couple of weeks. Get the family afloat while we continue the search and plan for a boat life :) Love following along with those who are already living it.

Bering EscapeFebruary 21, 2015 - 9:18 am

I must start off with a thank you. Your blog has given me the extra push to make sailing the Carribean a reality rather then a day dream. I work in the Bering Sea commercial fishing 7-9months a year and coninusly find myself waiting for your next post. I put my new home up for sale in Arizona a week ago and I’ll be selling my truck come June. I am taking ASA classes this April, then plan to fly to Florida in October to purchase a boat and head south! Maybe we’ll cross paths along the way. Safe travels!

Canada Came to Visit. Again.

I’m starting to think we should raise a Canadian courtesy flag in honor of all our recent Canadian family and friends who have graced us with their presence aboard these past few weeks.

First, Linds + Keith, now Jer’s sister Ashley and Melissa. :))))))

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And we are so grateful to have had them all make the haul down from Canada to the Caribbean and hop aboard our tiny sailboat for some fun in the sun!

We picked up Ash + Mel at our home away from home, Christmas Cove, St. Thomas, and sailed them over to BVI and along the southern coast of St. John for a few days.

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We squeezed in some snorkeling at the Indians, celebrated Mel’s birthday at Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island, and spent a nice night in Great Lameshur Bay, followed by (our secret fav) Fish Bay, St. John. There were lots of turtle sightings, two huge barracuda (and a little seaweed) Ash reeled in, and lots of rest and relaxation to be had by all.

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Thanks guys for coming to visit us!!! Oh and for bringing us a stash of new dog toys, some of Jer’s favorite Mio water drops, and my favorite black bean + rice mixes. :)))))))) And all of our mail. Hah! You guys rock!

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BrittanyFebruary 9, 2015 - 1:46 pm

So fun to have visitors – that is so great. And it sure looks like you guys are showing them all AWESOME times (minus the illnesses, of course). Hope to see you soon!

A Mixed Bag at Cane Garden Bay

High: Me finally feeling better after battling a 24-hour pukey puke bug.
Low: Jer + Lins coming down with the same virus the very next day. And no, it definitely was not a case of sea sickness.

High: Surf was up. Keith (and Jer too!!!) got to squeeze in a little paddle-surfing sesh.
Low: Surf was up. There wasn’t much sleep to be had in this wave-breaking washing machine of an anchorage.

You get the picture. Cane Garden Bay was a very mixed bag of highs and lows. Lol.

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We rolled into this bustling little side of Tortola, BVI last week with Jer’s cousin Lindsay and her hubby Keith in tow. And at first, it seemed like it was going to be a great spot to anchor for the night. We lounged around and enjoyed a gorg sunset while Jer and Keith attempted paddle-surfing some smallish waves on the west end of the anchorage. And Jereme caught his first real wave while the boat next to us cheered him on!

We made it into town that night and enjoyed another great meal and drinks at Quito’s while staring across the ocean at the glowing lights of St. Thomas.

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Unfortunately, by the time we got back to the boat the anchorage was beginning to take a turn for the worse. At that point, it looked like we were going to be in for crappy night. And that it was. Total washing machine rolly polly night at anchor. Ugh, the worst!

The next morning when we awoke, we were staring at waves literally breaking behind our boat.

Big waves.

Not exactly what you want to see in an anchorage, if you know what I mean. :((((( Unless of course you’re a surfer.

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With Keith, our surfer guest, out catching some waves on his paddle board early that morning, the rest of us weighed anchor as quickly as humanly possible to get out of this horrible anchorage and set sail for Jost Van Dyke.

Don’t worry, we picked Keith up on our way out of the harbor as Jereme and Lindsay began puking their guts out and I manned the boat. Fun times.

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My.ANEGADA.Don’t.Want.None.Unless.You.Got.Buns.Hun.

First things first, I had to use ^^that^^ as the title of this blog post. I mean, obviously. It’s a classic. ;))

Now, can we please talk about how insanely gorgeous Anegada is?!

It’s seriously picture perfect.

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Ever since we sailed away from the Bahamas, I have been missing ^^these^^ long stretches of pristine white sandy goodness that pretty much consume nearly all of the bahamian islands. Here in the Virgin Islands, you’re more likely than not to find a rocky beach wherever you go. Which, let’s not lie, is totally great for sea glass hunting, but a sandy beach will always be my first choice for sure.

But in Anegada, it’s all one big perfect sandy beach!

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This pretty coral island is literally a 15 square mile stretch of perfection! Just the way I like it. Oliver too. He went crazy the minute we landed the dink on this shoreline, tearing up and down the beach like a rabid kangaroo. It’s quite hilarious to watch, I must admit.

Since we had Jer’s cousin Lindsay and her hubby Keith on board with us for the week (all the way from cold Canada), we decided it was definitely worth the trip over to see pretty Anegada while they were with us. The sail from Bitter End, Virgin Gorda, BVI was nothing crazy, although Active Captain comments (from mostly charter vacationers) are hilarious and would have you thinking otherwise.

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After a quick two-hour sail, we opted for the path less traveled and dropped hook at the western most anchorage on the charts. Ninety-nine percent of the other boats that had sailed over to Anegada were parked a mile or two down in the more popular (read crowded) mooring-lined anchorage. Needless to say, we found the beach seclusion down a ways to be much nicer; however, the wet dinghy ride over to the restaurants was a little poopy. We literally got soaked on our ride to dinner. Oh well, the price you pay.

More photos from pretty Anegada…

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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

You know what?

Stomach bugs are no fun.

You know what else?

Stomach bugs times four adults packed on one tiny sailboat with one puke bucket, one small toilet, and no air conditioning are even less fun. ;))

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^^I’m sure one of us were puking when this photo was taken. Lol.^^

Yup, you guessed it. While we were busy living it up with Jer’s cousins visiting all the way from Canada would you even believe we all managed to succumb to a pretty awful 24-hour virus (staggered over three days no less)? Ugh! We originally thought it was plain old sea sickness when I was the first to get sick, but apparently, it (norovirus, perhaps? who knows!) is going around the islands down here. And it must be wicked contagious.

Luckily, we’re all better now, but sheesh 24-hours of gross puking was definitely not fun.

The boat has since been totally disinfected and we’re hoping for no repeat performances of last week’s illness now that we’ve welcomed Jer’s sister aboard. Keep your fingers crossed for us. ;))

What else?

So it’s like a full blown charter biz this month on s/v LAHO. First Jer’s cousin, now Jer’s sister, and later this month Jer’s parents. We are soooooooo excited to finally have a few visitors around here. Anyone else wanna come visit, give us a holler! We promise we won’t get you sick. ;))

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