Home Sweet Home…

This is a small boat that an older couple call home. Quite a place to live for an older couple. We saw that it takes them a while to get loaded into the dinghy and then row ashore but I’m sure that they do okay. A very active lifestyle.

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Fort Christiansted

Time for another fort. The kids are going to be forted out soon. In fact, what they end up doing is playing tag, hide and seek or some other game. “Where’s Matthew?” “We dunno, maybe in the dungeon.” “<sigh>”

The fort is a very strange and gaudy yellow colour.

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But, it is one of the best kept and restored forts we’ve seen.

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An example of the normal speed that happens in the forts.

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Find the Frazer in the Fort. A game the whole family can play.

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St Croix – A Quick Visit

We decided to get one more quick passage and visit in before we hang out completely in the BVI. So, we headed over to St. Croix which is part of the US Virgin Islands. It’s about 30 nautical miles away and on the day we chose to go the seas were quite confused. Nobody had any fun on the trip over. Fortunately it wasn’t all that long. And, it could have been worse since the seas were going to be getting bigger.

Here’s a shot of the waterfront at Christenstad.

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A good example of the lax nature of things sometimes…. a No Parking sign with…. parking.

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Disney Magic…

So, we need to get caught up on some photos… ready.  Here are a couple.

When we left the harbour at Charlotte Amalie, we passed one of the Disney Cruise Ships.  You may have seen this one before and in fact, some of you may have been on it.

When you look at the second photo notice that Goofy is painting the name… not a normal feature on a cruise ship I don’t think.

Sharing the Sea at Charlotte Amalie

This will give you more perspective as to the various creatures of the sea.  The 3 cruise ships and dozens of smaller! sailboats in the harbour at Charlotte Amalie.  And, yes, Legend is one of the boats in the picture.  It’s the one with the lime green kayak on the starboard bow.  🙂

Cruise Ship versus Dinghy

Here’s a shot of the boys on the dinghy in front of a city at sea.  It’s pretty wild to motor by a cruise ship in our 12 foot tender.  We just smile and way to the people looking out of their cabins.  And, of course, we don’t get to close especially with the signs saying “Security Warning: Do Not Come Closer than 50 ft”.

Bushwackers

This is the way that they make Bushwackers at JJ’s Texan Restaurant (or something to that affect) in St John, USVI.  Yum.

Cold Blooded Friends

Who says that cold blooded friends aren’t great.  Here’s our friend the iguana.

Leaving the USVI

So, we’ve bought most of what we came to buy in the USVI.  We’ve got most of the things that we need to replenish our supplies or to be able to fix the things that need fixing.  So, today…. hopefully in the next hour or so, we’ll be setting sail to beat to wind to get back to the BVI.  We’re preparing to do our first larger passage with Legend.  The passage is called the Sombrero Passage because of a small island called Sombrero that, yes, looks like a hat.  Sombrero is in the middle of nowhere and would be great to visit one day.

The weather has been pretty great although it’s been a little more rainy than we would expect at this point in the year.  It should however be getting even better toward the end of the week.  Potentially a good weather window for the passage to St Martin / St. Maarten.

More Soon…

Marie at the Helm

Marie didn’t get a chance to drive the dinghy as she planned, but she did get to helm Legend!

Quick Update

Hi All,

Well, a quick update with words. I haven’t really been telling you what’s been happening as much as showing you snippets of what’s going on. Hopefully in the next day or two I can get some time to write some thoughts down as well as to put up more pictures.

Right now, we’ve just had our first guests leave us a couple of days ago. We had such a great time with them and really enjoyed having folks down with us. After seeing them off in a taxi for the airport, we basically went to our previous nights mooring and then headed off for Charlotte Amalie harbor on the island of St Thomas. The reason is that it is one of the largest cities/towns in this part of the Caribbean. This would allow us to settle in one spot where we can ready the ship and crew for some upcoming longer passages. So, we’ve been getting back in the swing of regular school, provisioning groceries for the boat which never stops, as well as fixing stuff that needs attention on the boat. Oh and did I mention laundry. Today I did the equivalent of 15 loads of laundry. We’d been storing up for a bit so it was good to get that done.

We’ve found a pretty great spot to anchor in the harbour where we get to see the cruise ships come in and out each day. Will maybe try and get a photo of that if I can. In case you’re wondering exactly where we are on the planet, don’t forget to go to our Where Is page. It will show you exactly where we are or more specifically where Legend is.

Okay, I’ve got to leave it at that.  We’ll get more caught up tomorrow…. I hope.