Return to Nanny Cay

So, we’ve returned to Nanny Cay to drop off our guests and to get some work done on the boat. It is a boat after all.

While we were at Nanny Cay, our home away from home. We heard some great news from Peter, the operations manager for Horizon. A boat that he’s been meticulously restoring is ready to return to the water. Here is a picture of Amanda being launched. It’s always a great day when a “new” boat gets to be on the water.

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She’s a pretty boat and Peter has done a great job as he does with our boat.

Happy Birthday Ethan…

It’s birthday time around Legend. This time, it’s our big boy, Ethan, who is celebrating his 11th birthday. So, please help me wish him a Happy Birthday.

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Again, details as to what we actually did to follow.

Sharks Teeth

One thing about being around the coast or around the sea is that sooner or later you will find someone who has a shark’s tooth necklace or some other piece of jewelry. A shark’s tooth likely means something in society’s collective psyche, but I think it’s just kind of neat.

Sharks are you may or may not know, grow teeth all the time. The teeth fall out before they are even ground done by the teeth coming in behind or in front of them. They do not grow under the previous tooth as they do in children’s teeth.

So, imagine our surprise when we went to get some baked goods at Pam’s Kitchen in Anegada and we discovered a box of sharks teeth. Caroline asked if they were for sale and the person said, “Yes, I think so. But, come back tomorrow so I can find out how much.” So, she did come back the next day and picked up a bunch of them for the kids, us and the Jacksons.

Just recently, I cleaned all of our sharks teeth. I thought about toothpaste for a moment, but then went to the source of all knowledge… the Internet. The general consensus seemed to be mild detergent, apple cider vinegar and some scrubbing. Then, baby oil for sheen and to help keep it.

Here is an example of what we found after it was cleaned.

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Tine, this one’s for you.

Video – White Bay – Turtle and….. Special Shark Scene

Okay, to be honest, I didn’t get a chance to see these scenes in real life. But, at least I was able to see the video.

First, another great turtle video.

And, an amazing scene of a mother and daughter (or so we assume) nurse shark resting at the bottom of the sea bed.

White Bay… A Great Way to End the Trip

We headed to White Bay which ended up being a great way to end the trip.

One, we were the only boat in the bay. Perfect.

Two, it was not rolly. Perfect.

Three, we had time to get the boys on the beach to play. Perfect.

Four, we had time to go snorkelling. Very Perfect.

Here is what we saw.

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And, we saw even more… this is just the flora… here comes the fauna… next post.

Trellis Bay

By far, a lot of the best art that you can get in the BVI is at Trellis Bay and specifically at Aragorn’s Studio. And, thus, we’re off to Trellis Bay before our last overnight with the Jacksons.

Oh, and the other reason…… they have the amazing climbing tree, or course.

Matthew

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Kieran

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Noah

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Gli Gli. The boat that Aragorn built and sailed from Dominica to the BVI just like the Arawak Indians would have done many years ago.

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Video – Marina Cay Turtle

Recently we’ve had some great interaction with turtles. Just seems to be the right time to see them.

Here are two videos of what we saw.

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The great thing about going back to places is that you get to see different things each time.

A very neat crab.

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Hello Mr Turtle. How are you today?

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Birthday Season and A View

Okay, this is where it’s going to get a little confusing. It is birthday season in the Frazer Family and I did ask you to wish Noah a Happy Birthday. Well, now you get to see the cake that Caroline scrambled together from stuff that she could find. We weren’t completely provisioned at this point to say the least. But, it was gooooood!

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And, this is the kind of view that you’d like to have on your birthday. Or, at least, I would. 🙂

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Bitter Sailing

The other thing that the Bitter End has is sailing. Now, yes, we can sailing Legend all around the North Sound (a large enclosed bay). But, there is also access to Hobie Cats and Lasers.

On one of the two days we spent at the Bitter End with Jacksons, Ethan, Noah, Kieran and the kids from another family went out with one of the kids camp counsellors for a sail on a Hobie Cat. Fun. And, I believe they learned more about sailing too!

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Sandy and Bitter – That’s How We Like It

We love the Bitter End. It’s a great place to regroup. There’s something for everyone. And, for the kids…. one of the things they love is the sand.

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More is better?

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Deb and her godchild.

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The Perfect Sail to the Bitter End

It’s time to leave Anegada. Although it’s always tough to leave, it’s a little easier when you experience the perfect sail.

We had very flat seas and lovely winds from the side (a broad reach in sailing terms). The sun was out, the sky was beautiful and basically you couldn’t ask for anything else.

Deb, Jacob and Kieran

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Kieran, on the lookout.

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And, me… but, look! There’s no one helming the boat. Fortunately, Mr. Otto von Helm (our electronic autopilot) was taking some of the duties this day.

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Video – Anegada Fish and Turtle

We had a great deal of success on the water side of things in Anegada. Here’s some video of what we saw under the water.

Fish…

 

and a Turtle…

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More Sandy Anegada

We got beautiful views but we also got a lot of sand play. I believe that the boys were removing Anegada sand for quite a while.

Check out the last picture…. if that doesn’t cause some concern….

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The boy is head first into the sand… okay, maybe not completely.

Anegada, It’s Been A While

Next stop for the Jacksons, Anegada. It’s been a while and we’re looking forward to the amazing beaches and relaxed nature of Anegada.

And, this is part of what we got when at Anegada. But, there’s more too. Stay tuned in the next couple of posts.

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Video – Hermit Crab at Sandy Cay

Mr. Hermit Crab goes for a walk at Sandy Cay.

Sandy Cay not Spit

Next we head with the Jacksons to a small island right next door called Sandy Cay. It’s bigger than Sandy Spit and I’ve been trying to get Caroline to have an opportunity to come ashore instead of just looking at it as we pass. This time she was able to…. and she found flora…

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And, fauna of a sort. Remember that old song, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” Well, I’m not sure why Ethan needed to carry Matthew but he did. And, Matthew is not light.

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Great shot of Kieran climbing in a tree. Lots of climbing in our adventures.

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A little more art…

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And, Deb and Kieran climbing up the side of the hill on Sandy Cay.

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And, the view back to Sandy Spit.

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Sandy Spit

It’s hard to tire of Sandy Spit. And, we find ourselves there again. A pretty little island sometimes with body surfing, sometimes with great snorkelling and always with a great beach.

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Here’s a fan coral that is actually this colour in real life. So very purple.

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And, a special visit by a Queen Trigger fish. Wow.

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White Bay… Painkillers, Shallow Water and Boats

So, White Bay. It’s the home of the Soggy Dollar Bar which is home to the Painkiller. The Soggy Dollar Bar got it’s name because originally a long time ago, the only people who could get here were sailors. The way that many of them came ashore was to jump in the water and swim. Thus, their money became wet and started a legendary BVI bar.

As you can see, things have changed. Now the bay is very crowded even in this part of the off season. And, the bay is very very shallow. We barely make it in there. It was tricky finding a safe spot to anchor and it became interesting to watch as others came in to the bay through the channel in the reef and then would plunk down in some really inappropriate places including very close to Legend. Anyway, many of the boats were day boats and took off in the afternoon. The swell that we were experiencing also died down….. which….

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left smiles on our faces. (A self portrait of Deb and Caroline)

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And, also left us with a lovely sunset and a lot more room.

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