Addie’s Take: Jan 22-Feb. 23

On January 22nd we arrived in the tropics at Mayaguana, Bahamas (the most southern Bahamas Island). We had a two-day passage sail to get there. We sailed through breakfast, lunch and dinner. I got to sleep at the fly bridge. We saw the sunset while the boat was moving. We eventually stopped at 2:00 in the morning and I moved down to my bedroom. While I was sleeping, we moved to a new anchor spot. Once we got to our new anchor spot, we got to go for a morning swim. The water was crystal clear. The water was nine feet deep. We could see sand dollars, fish and conch at the bottom. Chance was a lifeguard. Caper was a Champion swimmer. We had to tie him to the boat, so he would not swim too far away from the boat.

The dogs and my favorite activity (listening to music on my ipad) during sail days.
Caper the lifeguard!

On January 23rd we went to explore the island of Mayaguana. We walked on the island and met a Police guy and his son. We explored Abraham’s Settlement on Mayaguana and checked out the beach. We did not stay on the beach because the dogs got sand spurs on their feet. I went into one of the little stores, which was in a lady’s garage. She had dogs and the dogs were crazy protective and scared of our dogs. The store didn’t really have much. All we got there was eggs and an orange Fanta. Thank goodness for the Fanta, I was dying of thirst that day.

Our last night on Mayaguana, we found a private little beach on the southern end.

From Jan 27-Jan 30 we made our way from the Bahamas to Puerto Rico. We stayed in Puerto Rico for only a few days. We rented a car and checked out a few places (and a brewery) while there, plus grocery shopped and bought new phones for internet. We then had a 1-day sail to the USVI.

We raised the Puerto Rico courtesy flag.

On February 8th we went on a hike in St. Johns, USVI. We hiked up what used to be a Danish road they used to get from one settlement to another. It was a strenuous hike to the top of the hill. We went so high up to the top of the hill that we had a really good view of Maho Bay. We got to do it with Kent and Kathy Meredith of s/v Wind Ensemble. It was a long hike to me because I was already tired. The name of the hike was Mary Hope Trail.

On Feb 10th Me, Mom and Kathy took an island taxi to Trunk Bay on St. John’s where we went snorkeling and hung out at the beach. What was neat about the snorkel is there were markers that told us what the fish were and it was a national park, so we had to pay to get in. Afterwards, we took a taxi back to Maho Bay and ate at the beach bar with Dad and Kent. We then went back to the boat and danced along to Abba music. We had Kent and Kathy over for dinner.

On Feb 17th Mom, Dad and I went on a hike to a Sugar Mill Plantation. We saw the ruins of the old factory, windmill, cooking and boiling areas as well as the slave headquarters. In the early 19th century the sugar mill was the only way to get sugar in the USVIs. At the time they would have slaves working because they found the work a whole lot easier if the slaves did it. The sugar cane would go through the windmill and into the boiling room where it would go from copper kettle to copper kettle. The slaves would then cook it in the kitchen and bring it to the people who own the plantation so they could sell it.

This is Water Melon Bay that the plantation looks down on.

On Feb 23rd we went motoring from the US Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands. We stopped at Tortola to check into Customs. The British Virgin Islands restaurants do not cater to pet dogs because they do not believe in pet dogs or friendly dogs. The dogs they know and have on the islands are not usually pets but wild dogs and they are not always friendly. They are scared of dogs because they have never been around dogs very much. Caper and Chance had to be checked by the local vet to see if they were friendly and healthy. One of the restaurants we wanted to eat at on the patio in Tortola said no because we had the dogs. After Customs we moved over to Cooper Island. There we got a mooring ball instead of anchoring. We went to the island and it was very touristy like the shops and the restaurant are all stuff that you would see in a tourist town and the environment was really pretty, especially the view of the water. The restaurants on Cooper Island were nice and they let us be there with the dogs.

Mom and Dad love sunsets.

18 thoughts on “Addie’s Take: Jan 22-Feb. 23

  1. Hi Addie,

    Your journal and writing are so good and interesting.
    The schools here are now all online because of COVID19. Are any of the islands closing their shops and schools, too?

    With love, Virginia (Genevieve’s mom)

    • Thank you Virginia. All The schools, shoppes and Resturants are closed in the Islands. Say hi to Genevive for me.

  2. I love reading and sharing with Katy about all your adventures we also were in Puerto Rico in March and loved it!! Your pictures are amazing keep them coming we miss you all! Nicole and Katy Barker

  3. Hi Addie!

    Awesome reporting capturing the passages from the Bahamas to the BVIS! Rita & I really enjoy your updates. Glad to read Caper & Chance are fitting right in with the cruising experience!

    SV BELLA
    Patrick & Rita

    • Thank you Patrick and Rita. Caper and Chance are definitly fitting in with the Crusing life. I really like your new vessel name and logo.

  4. Addie! You have such a good explanation of the sugar mills. I appreciate your memories and experiences on AVENTIS! I love reading your ‘takes’ and have such fun memories of when we are together. I miss you, Caper and Chance…oh, and your Mom & Dad, too! I can’t wait until we see you again! Miss you! Let’s do more hikes and snorkeling together!
    Kathy & Kent
    ⛵️🎶⛵️WindEnsemble

  5. Thanks for the great update Addie. Very fun to read of your adventures and see all the great pictures!
    Lots of love,
    Marcy & Bob

  6. Hey Addie! So good to hear from you guys. Sounds amazing!! Keep up your lovely writing. I’ve been talking to your cousins on FaceTime recently. I wish I could come see you – my gorgeous American family 💕❤️💕❤️ Keep having fun and send me a photo of a sand dollar next time you see one!! Lauren and Sam send you lots of love. Give your mum a big hug and kiss from me.

    • Thank you Aunt Kelly. I hope you can come see us at some point to. Tell Lauren and Sam I miss them and hope to see them again. We miss you too.

  7. Hi Addie, Nana and I just read your latest journal and looked at the wonderful pictures. You are all having quite an adventure to remember. We loved the descriptions of your days and the dogs. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Tell your mom and dad we think about you all a lot. Love you, Grandad

    • Thank you Grandad and Nana. I am having a good time. Boat life is fun. Mom and Dad say hi. We all think about you a lot too.

    • Hey Mel. It was great to see you last week too. I am glad you had fun. We love and miss you too. Mom and Dad say hi.

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