Chance’s Favorite Activity

Chance does not swim as much as Caper. However, he is nuts about fetching a ball thrown out into the water as long as we are on a beach. He asks non-stop for us to throw the ball while on we are on the beach. At some point he does eventually tire out. When that happens he takes the ball and jumps into the dinghy or jumps onto the paddle board, sits down, and waits for us to head back to the boat! Crazy doggy, right?!?

If you remember, Chance had surgery on both of his hind legs (tore the CCL’s in both legs – same thing as ACL’s for people). We believe he has bionic legs now! You’ll see what we mean in his video, which is less than 3 minutes. You’ll see how much he loves this activity, which is why we try to take him to the beach everyday.

Addie’s Take: Jan 1-Feb 17

Recently I was on the paddle board and Mom said it was time to come in and do school work. I said there is more to life than just school. For example, there is the environment and spending time with family.  What I meant was I wish I could have more time to do other stuff that doesn’t involve school. Things like playing with the dogs, swimming, paddle boarding and connecting with friends on Snapchat, Instagram or in person. I also like to collect shells, swim off the back of the boat with Caper and go into town because it means I get to get off the boat and be on land for a while.  I will keep doing school because school is very important. I also want to go to college someday, get a job, and go off to live with a friend or on my own.

PS: This is not the original version of this entry. When I first wrote this blog entry my interests were not as wide as they are now. For those of you who know me, you can appreciate that I did not mention time on my IPad. My Mom and Dad say maybe I am coming out of the teenage funk?

Me, Mom, Dad and Caper on the paddle-board.

Don and Mel came to stay on the boat for a week in January. This was my Birthday week. I turned 16. We picked them up from this really cool fancy marina called Yacht Haven Grande. It had a really nice pool and shops. Mom and I got to have a “girls day” before Don and Mel came on the boat.

Girls Day

On their first morning we went to the pool before we left the marina. The water was really cold. They said they needed it because of the night before? Our first stop was Caneel Bay, where we went snorkeling and sat on the beach. For dinner we went to ZOZOs and had a progressive fine dining meal. It was great having Cheesecake again. I missed having Cheesecake.

Me eating Cheesecake.
Me,Mom and Dad at ZoZo’s

Next, we went to Maho Bay. I went paddle-boarding with Mel, where we were looking for turtles. We did not see many turtles though, or sharks. We did have a lot of fun.

Me and Mel on turtle spotting.

We went to Coral Bay for my birthday. Dad made me a big birthday breakfast. I got to have a day off of school and play on my IPad instead. When Mom, Dad, Mel and Don went to the taco boat, Limeout, I stayed on the boat and watched the dogs. I don’t like tacos and that’s all they have. Dad made my favorite for dinner – Shrimp Fried Rice.

My Big Birthday breakfast Dad made me.
Birthday Dinner
Vanilla cake with chocolate mousse

We went to Hanson Bay for the night. The next day we went to Dittlyf. When we were at Dittlyf we went snorkeling and had a beach day twice because Don was working.

We then went to Little St. James and had pizza from Pizza Pi (it is a boat where they make pizza). The next day we went snorkeling in my favorite spot for the week which is on Little St. James.

Enjoying a day at the beach.

Then it was back to the marina. The four adults went out and I watched the dogs. When I was watching the dogs, Caper got up on the table even though I was sitting on the couch beside him.

The next day we had to take Don and Mel to the airport to say goodbye. We were sad to see them go, especially Caper and Chance. They really enjoyed the extra attention from Don and Mel.  We are looking forward to seeing them again.

Caper enjoying the table.
Chance enjoying the couch.
Me and Mel enjoying our time together.

We had dinner with Kent and Kathy who made Chinese food from scratch. We had Egg Drop Soup, Egg Foo Young and Fried Rice it was a treat for me because we were still celebrating my birthday. Kent’s secret ingredients for his fried rice are bacon and ham. It was really Good! I had not tried Egg Drop Soup or Egg Foo Young before – it was great getting to try new things.   I also liked getting to celebrate my birthday with them.

Me enjoying my new Kava bag Kathy gave me.
Me, Kent and Kathy at Yacht Heaven Grande.

Recently, Caper and Chance met their long, lost cousin. Mom and Dad’s boat friends, Jake and Stephanie (Dreamcatcher), adopted a puppy. Parker is a Portuguese Water Dog. He is 11 weeks old. When Parker came on our boat Chance was jealous of him because he was stealing all the attention. When Chance got jealous of Parker, Caper was having a deja vu moment. He was  remembering when we brought Chance home and how he felt when he first came into his life. Caper was like, Whatever, about Parker and didn’t care or notice him as much as Chance did. Caper is not as threatened by other dogs and knows how to find his own spotlight.

Chance trying to ignore Parker.
Dad petting Parker while Stephanie is telling Chance, “It is ok, Parker will be leaving soon.”

One night before I went to bed I thought of five things that make me happy. I wanted to share with you the 5 things that make me really happy. They are: 

1. Playing with the dogs especially swimming with Caper

2. Spending time with Mom and Dad and their boat friends

3. spending time with my boat friends and mountain friends

4. Eating my favorite foods which include bacon, eggs, sausage, any type of potatoes, pancakes and orange juice

5. Diving into a different world by book or by screen. 

It was really interesting to think about five things that make me happy. I challenge you to do the same.

Swimming with Dad and Caper is wonderful.

I went to Kent and Kathy’s boat, WindEnsemble, for game night. Kent and Kathy had Kathy’s sister Barbara and brother in-law Jeff visiting on their boat.  I am trying to do other stuff besides getting on my iPad like interacting with other people, trying new hobbies, learning new tricks, getting involved in more boat chores, projects and spending more time with the dogs. We played Mexican Train Dominoes. Kathy didn’t understand how to play Mexican Train Dominoes; so I figured I would make a version called Mexican Boat Dominoes where the playing pieces are boats and the dominoes make their way to different anchorages. Turns out I can have a really good sense of humor, can get drunk on life and I am really fun to be around.  I had a fun time last night playing Mexican Train Dominoes.

I also learned to play the Cups game. Thanks Kathy.

December 2020: Fun Times in Florida and Christmas in the USVI

December has been awesome! So many wonderful adventures!

We are so very lucky to get to spend almost 4 weeks on the boat sailing around St. Thomas and St. Johns with all three of our girls. But before we could get to the boat, when we left NC, we made a pit-stop in FL for 2 days to get our COVID tests, shop, and see friends.

Our first stop after landing in Ft. Lauderdale was the covid testing center. After our tests, we made a mandatory stop at Coconuts on Fort Lauderdale Beach for Scooby snacks (crab claws soaked in a bowl of garlic butter). YUM!! Addie’s request!

After lunch we went to the beach. Much colder than the USVI!

After the beach we went to Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor for another treat.

We enjoyed our time in FL by staying at the Margaritaville Resort in Hollywood.

Margaritaville Resort is a tall building located on a small strip of land allowing for you to see the sunrise on one side of the building (picture taken from our balcony) and the sunset from the other (picture taken from Mak and Ella’s balcony).

Super excited we got to see our good friends Joffry and Diana. They even threw a party for us at our old marina with great food, drinks, and friends!

Our trip to Florida had to include a stop at the Taco Spot on Hollywood Beach before leaving for the USVI.

The flight to St. Thomas was a short 2 hours. Once we landed and arrived back to Aventis at the marina, it was off to get provisions which of course included coffee and ice cream from Scoops and Brews. Priorities!!!!

Then, it was time to pick up Caper and Chance from the doggy hotel.
Not sure who is more excited to see who…

Before sailing off, we had a great brunch on St. Thomas.

It was then time to leave the dock and explore St. Thomas and St. John by boat.

Our first stop was Brewers Beach. Caper and Ella love to go paddle boarding! On this day, they were dolphin spotting.

Caper loves to do tricks off the board for Addie.

And of course just chill with Ashley.

Chance is happy watching from the comfort of the boat!

Time for a family zoom with Ashley’s family!!

Because the girls had been to the USVI last spring, we planned some new stops for this trip. The first new stop was Buck Island off of St. Thomas. Very cool anchorage – we had a sunken ship directly under our boat! We hiked around the island too.

We never get enough of the amazing sunsets…

And Rainbows…

After leaving Buck Island, we made a pit stop for some snorkeling…

We then sailed on to St. John, where we had to dinghy to shore and visit some of our favorite places there too.

Ashley and the dogs are worn out from all the fun!!!!

“Look Mom and Dad, we are keeping your bed warm for you!”

Continuing around St. John, we made our way to Water Lemon and hiked up to the Annaberg Sugar Plantation. Addie loves sharing the history of the plantation with others.

Another great day! So much FUN having the girls on board!

We made our way to Coral Bay on the east end of St. John. Coral Bay is a quaint, artsy, quirky town. We love it!

We dinghied over to Lime Out, a floating Taco Bar with craft cocktails!
Can you say, Yummy!!

Ashley’s best birthday present – celebrating with all her girls!

And of course getting to be on this incredible adventure with my soulmate!!

Our friends, Kent and Kathy on Wind Ensemble made this video for Ashley’s birthday:

We left Coral Bay and sailed around the corner to Salt Pond where we hung out on the boat, swam with turtles, sunbathed on the beach, and took a hike.

Chance is sure he is a lap dog!

In another life, Caper was definitely a life guard.

Everything stops for sunset!

Salt Pond is this very unique anchorage on St Johns with great snorkeling, very tame turtles, and two distinctly different hikes. One of the hikes takes you to Drunk Beach. When you visit this beach it is tradition that you leave a body…

We did lots of swimming.

Even found a 6 legged starfish. The savage was good and put it back.

Ella, Addie and Caper practiced, downward facing dog.

Cuddle time!!

It is going to be a great day!

Christmas on the boat! Our tree is a bit smaller than in previous years.

A few new decorations. Ashley has been crafting again.

We had Christmas Eve dinner at Lovango Resort.

Santa found Aventis!

Mak and Ella were very creative in their wrapping, hence the raincoats and tee shirts.

We were super excited to get to see Grandma open her AI kitty that we sent her. Thanks Uncle Shawn!!!

Christmas Day was a real treat!
Santa treated us all to a day at the pool at Lovango Resort!

We sailed back to St. Thomas, rented a jeep, and took a road trip around St. Thomas. The view from Drake’s Seat looking out at Magens Bay.

We then checked out Coki Beach:

And after Coki, we made a pitstop at the Margaritaville resort for some cold drinks. They were having a cool bird show!

Our last sail before the girls have to go.
Ashley and Caper just needed some alone time on the bow.

Having the girls home with us for December was awesome! We had some great adventures sailing around St. Thomas and St. John. We will miss them!! Not sure when they will get to come back, fingers crossed in May.

With Mak and Ella on their way back to enjoy the cold and snow in Boone, there is only one thing for us to do, drink our sorrows away at Leatherback Brewery!

Unfortunately, it is not all fun and adventures. Just like any home, ours needs a little/a lot of attention and repair. Her year old batteries are giving out. They should have lasted for 10 years, so this is not right. Luckily, Jesse and Mark are helping us figure things out.

That is our bed…

While that is going on, we also have an exciting new addition to our deck –
4 new dive tanks! Yeah, now we can go diving anytime from the back of the boat or from the dinghy.

What a fun month! Boat life has changed how and when we get to see our family and friends. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our new home with those we love.

Coming up next month: Addie’s birthday in the USVI and hanging out with friends!

Swimming with Turtles

One of our favorite things to do while in the USVI is swim with sea turtles! Most of the time, when we sail into any of the bays around St. Thomas and St. John, there are sea turtles there to greet us. We often throw on our snorkel gear and jump in to swim with them.

We put together this short (less than 3 min) video of some of our times with the turtles. It is so relaxing and fascinating to observe them. Turtle spotting is one of our favorite activities on Aventis for sure!

Caper’s Favorite Activity

We put together a short video (3 min) of Caper’s favorite activity while living on Aventis. Most dogs don’t realize they have back legs – they are just kind of along for the ride (Chance included). However, Caper is sort of unique. Watch until the end to see what we mean. He loves, loves, loves this activity and does it everyday for as long as we let him.

November 2020: Haul Out, Sail to the USVI, and Thanksgiving in NC

November was a very busy and unique month for us after the past 5 months. We had big projects to complete, and they had to be done on a schedule. Cruising life does not require so much of this anymore.

The month started with hauling the boat out at Clarkes Court Boatyard in south Grenada. This is the third time we have seen Aventis out of the water and we are still amazed by the process of how they get her out and move her around. Remember, she is 46 feet long and 26 feet wide.

She needed new bottom paint, the rudder repaired, a cleaning of the sail drive, anchor chain scrubbed, as well as a few other things.

We were in good company as Maeva and Wind Ensemble also hauled their boats out during this time at Clarkes Court, and even Dream Catcher came over to visit us.

With Aventis out of the water, we needed a place to stay for the week. Having the dogs limited our choices, but luckily we found a house overlooking Egmont Bay that worked great for us and our friend’s Kent and Kathy from Wind Ensemble. An added benefit is it had a pool. It had been about a year since any of us had slept off the boat. The dogs made themselves right at home. We had a fun week swimming in the pool, going on walks and making dinners in a real kitchen.

Addie had a very special music lesson.

Addie enjoyed being close to La Phare Bleu resort where a number of her friends meet up on Friday afternoons for a hangout. They had great times jumping off the light ship!

After a fun week being in a house, it was time for Aventis to splash back in the water. Look at her new bottom paint! Hopefully we won’t have to scrub the bottom for at least a year.

With work at the boatyard coming to completion, our next big project was getting to the USVI. But we had a few goodbyes first. We spent more time than we had planned at Port Louis Marina. At first a week or so in June was just recovering from our passage and quarantine, then another week or so a month later to be safe during Tropical Storm Gonzola, and at last about a month in September to get repaired from the lightening. It was an important part of our time in Grenada.

With Bella on the hard and Patrick and Rita in Texas, and Maeva on the hard, and Shirley and David in Canada, and Dream Catcher on the move to the USVI, that just left us and Wind Ensemble. It was an amazing 5 months but it was time for us to get on the move too. We had our negative COVID tests in hand and only 5 days to get to the USVI. With tears in our eyes we said goodbye to Wind Ensemble – until we meet again!

We left early in the morning in hopes that our trip to St. Croix would be between 60-72 hours. Thanks to fair winds and calm-ish seas, we had an uneventful passage to St. Croix that took about 60 hours.

We did have a few unwanted passengers along the way but Caper helped to rid the boat of them, by eating them… Dead fish make for pretty GROSS dog breath!

Addie passed the time by watching movies and listening to music, Shannon read and watched videos, and Ashley crafted. The dogs slept!

We were all smiles when we dropped the anchor and were officially cleared into the USVI. We were even in time for a sun-downer!

Finally, we were back to where draft beer is worth drinking! That is one thing we will not miss about Grenada – no good beer! Super excited to be back where there are good beer choices!

With Aventis secure at Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas, and Jesse watching out for her, and the dogs safe at Paradise Paws, we boarded a plane and flew to NC for 10 days to see family and friends.

It was awesome (and cold!) to be in Boone. We were so excited to get to see Makenzie and Ella! We have not seen them since May!

Our three beautiful girls!

For Ella’s 18th birthday (back in June) she had requested a tattoo when we came back, so we decided to make it a family affair.

We celebrated our 25 year anniversary in May of 2020. With any luck we will continue to ride this wave of life together for another 25 years!

During our week we had a blast hanging out with friends (Jeff and Tamara, Lenny and Lisa, Don and Mel, and the Tageson’s)! We got to hang out at River Street Alehouse, the Lamont’s house, Lost Province Brewery, Booneshine Brewery, and Brendan’s house. We even had a fun day of brewery and cidery hopping in Asheville, afterwhich we finished the adventure with a sunset ride on the Marlett’s boat on Lake James in Marion.

We spent a couple great days at Booneshine. Ella works at Booneshine also!
Did we mention that it was cold?

Addie had a good time hanging out with her sisters and doing what she loves best!

Ashley saw her siblings for an afternoon in Greensboro.

We then spent a fun afternoon and evening hanging out and eating with Max and Julia (Grandad and Nana) in Charlotte before we left NC for Fort Lauderdale, FL.

It was a wonderful trip. It was so great seeing a lot of our friends and a good bit of our family. Fingers crossed we will be able to get the vaccine this spring, which will allow us to see the rest of our family.

Coming up next month: Fun Times in Florida and Christmas in the USVI

September/October 2020: Lightening Problems and, of course, More Fun!

We started off September at Paradise Beach in Carriacou. We love Carriacou because it is laid back, small, has a dozen great restaurants, beautiful beaches, and awesome snorkeling and diving.

An actor from New York was “stuck” in Carriacou at the same time as us. He made a short video of his time there. At the beginning of the video, you will see Aventis anchored off Paradise Beach:

September started off with a bang in more ways than one! As we lay sleeping in Tyrell Bay at Carriacou with plans to sail to Ronde, a small island just south of Carriacou, in the morning, we were startled awake by crashes of thunder and lightening that seemed to be right on top of us. The storm lasted just minutes but caused us weeks of headache.

Tyrell Bay, Carriacou

We had plans to celebrate Dreamcatcher’s boat anniversary at Ronde with friends on Bella and Maeva the next few days. This adventure included diving the amazing reef at Ronde. Ashley had just done a dive refresher and was excited to get deep in the water again. There was no way we were missing out on this adventure! The lightning knocked out all of our sailing instruments, though! Well, even with no auto pilot, navigation or wind instruments, Shannon hand steered us to Ronde so we could dive and hang out with friends. It was so worth it! We had great luck and ate like kings! What could be better than fresh lobster, lion fish and a magnum of Bordeaux shared amongst friends.

At the end of the weekend we said goodbye and limped our way back to Port Louis Marina in Grenada so we could give Aventis some much needed attention! We thought it would be a quick fix but it turned out to take weeks and weeks of just waiting for parts. We found ways to entertain ourselves in Grenada though…

We watched great Grenada sunsets:

We snuck away for an afternoon of adult time at La Luna, a resort:

Addie worked on her art – she is quite the artist:

Addie had been asking for Japanese food since back in June when she first saw this restaurant. We were excited it was open and we finally got to take her there:

We found a beach bar with pretty and tasty drinks:

We spent time eating and hanging out with friends.
Remember there is still NO COVID on Grenada (in September and October).

We celebrated Patrick’s birthday from Bella at a really neat restaurant overlooking the beach called Aquarium.

Ashley and Addie had a really cool Mom and daughter experience. They went to the Tower Estate, Grenada’s “Downton Abbey”, to experience first hand an afternoon of English tea and cakes. What made this extra special was the blue tea we drank that gets it’s color from the Butterfly Pea flower. An added benefit were the acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

Of course, a few boat projects had to be taken care of. Fixing broken toilets is probably the worst job on the boat. Definitely the nastiest!!!

Addie had lots of fun making new friends.
She even watched her first zombie movie!

We took a school field trip to the Grenada Chocolate Factory.
Shannon was all about this field-trip!

Then it was time for a little adult learning. How is it that they actually make gin and how is it different from vodka? Next time, we need to bring Addie to help us with the details. We were a little preoccupied tasting the gin!

The blue gin gets it’s color from the butterfly pea, the same flower that makes the tea blue.

We went back to the Aquarium restaurant to celebrate Shirley’s birthday from Maeva.

I know it looks like we go out to eat a lot… But it is the main time we have our camera in hand and eating out in Grenada is less expensive than buying groceries!

Grass mowing in Grenada looks a little different than what we are use to – goats!

Have to feel sorry for these pups – their parents wore them out playing and swimming at the beach.

When he is not worn out to much, Chance sits on the ledge in his special seat and watches over us!

We had a fun time celebrating Shannon’s birthday!
He got a few presents and then we had dinner with friends at La Luna.

Our friend Stuart on White Wings had his birthday party the next day, so we got to keep celebrating birthdays!

Our friends Shirley and Dave are preparing to put their boat on the hard and head back to Canada until early January. One last beer and then it is off to remove the sails from their boat.

Success, the sails are off!

We are feeling our time in Grenada coming to an end. As we near the start of November, hurricane season is closing out and friends are heading in different directions. There are not as many options as usual for cruisers this year with so many islands being closed to travelers, so I feel confident we will see many of our friends again soon in the USVI.

Even though we spent a few weeks at the marina getting our boat fixed,
plus another few weeks staying in anchorages close by waiting on boat parts, we had a great September and October in Grenada!

Coming up next month: Aventis gets hauled out of the water and then we sail to the USVI!

Addie’s Take :Oct 1-Nov 3

We went to the Grenada Chocolate Museum and saw how chocolate was made and the history of chocolate.

There is a bean called the Cacao bean which is the source of both Cacao and Coca supplies. Cacao refers to the uncooked form of chocolate. When the cacao beans are roasted, they are then called Cocoa beans. There are three types of beans: Forastero, Criollo, and Trinitario. 

Forastero means foreigner in Spanish. It tastes like a mild chocolate flavor unsupported by any secondary flavors. It is a fast growing tree with a high yield. It is very resistant to disease.  It is the most commonly grown bean significantly hardier and of higher yield than Criollo.

Criollo’s origin is the Amazon. It is primarily cultivated in West Africa, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. Criollo means native in Spanish. It has a complex taste which can include flavors of caramel, nuts, vanilla and tobacco.  It is resistant towards disease. It is the rarest and most expensive cocoa on the market. It represents 5% of all the cocoa beans grown in the world. Its origin is Mexico. It is primarily cultivated in Central America.

The Trinitario bean is a natural hybrid of Criollo and Forastero. It is considered a fine flavor bean with notes ranging from spicy to earthy to highly acidic. It has fragile trees with low yield. It produces good grade cocoa with premium flavor. Its origin is the accidental cross fertilization of Criollo and Forastero trees in Trinidad  around 1730. It is primarily cultivated in Grenada, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Indonesia, Papua, New Guinea and other Caribbean and Latin American countries.

The Cacao trees only grow within 20 degrees of the equator.

We also explored the shop and drank Chocolate drinks from the bakery. Mom and Dad had Chocolate Tea and I had Hot Chocolate which is more of a morning drink they way they make it. It was fun to explore the history of Chocolate and how it is made and about how Grenada plays a big role in making Chocolate.   

Grenada has a long and intresting history chocolate harvesting throughout the years in Grenada.
Grenada has a lot of facts on the type of chocolate beans. called Criollo and Forastero.

Recently, I gave my dogs, Caper and Chance nicknames: Chatterbox and Lucky.

Caper has a lot to say. Caper talks a lot like a Chatterbox would, especially when he is sitting down, when it is time to eat and when he wants pets. He usually sounds grumpy. He makes a grumpy noise that sounds like a groan. He talks to us about a lot of things. He is also very expressive. When we come home he has a big smile on his face.

I named Chance Lucky because of how many mishaps he has had. Lucky is a good name for him because even though he has had a lot of surgeries and injuries he has been lucky and survived them all. Now he’s back to his normal Chance self doing crazy things like playing with Caper, playing ball at the beach, chasing Caper around the boat, and of course howling and singing when we are away until we come home.

Caper and Chance are tired and say it’s bedtime.
Caper and Chance are cuddling together.

We hauled our boat out on Tuesday October 27th at Clarkes Court Marina in Grenada.

Mom and Dad took the boat to be lifted out of the water. The boat got lifted out of the water by a lifting machine and then moved with a towing machine. The machine had straps on it that went under the boat to pick it up. 

Our boat Aventis about to be lifted up on to the machine and hauled out of the water.

I watched the dogs, Caper and Chance, on the shore.

I am watching Caper and Chance while the boat gets hauled out.
Our boat out of the water and on the hard. Along with our friend’s boat, Wind Ensemble.

While our boat went on the hard (which means on land), we rented a house and stayed there for a week.

It was different being in a house after being on the boat for a year. What was different about being at the house is that we had air conditioning in our bedrooms all night long and all the time. We also had unlimited water. We had a great view from our house. We got to see boats and dinghies go by in the bay below us. We also had a pool, which we tried to swim in everyday, but instead we had a lot of rain and wind.

Caper and Chance are looking out at the pool at the rental house.
The pool and the view at the rental house.

We didn’t stay at the house very long. We left on Wednesday, November 4. They put the boat back in the water and we started preparing for sailing up to the USVI. Hopefully we are going up to North Carolina for Thanksgiving.

August 2020: Exploring Ronde Island and Carriacou

Check out this video about us that our friends on s/v Bella made for us!

We spent the month of August “on the hook” (not at a marina) enjoying the warm water, bright colors and unique cultures of a small island community. The country of Grenada is made up of three inhabited islands, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Located just a few miles to the northwest of Grenada and on the way to Carriacou is a small uninhabited island called Ronde. We spent a quiet week here with Patrick and Rita (Bella) as well as David and Shirley (Maeva). Our time was spent swimming, snorkeling and of course having a beach BBQ.

A video of our Beach BBQ!

The dogs played hard – we tried hard to wear them out each day!

We made our way from Ronde to Carriacou and anchored at Paradise Beach, thought to be one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

From Paradise Beach you can look across the water and see tiny Sandy Island, a favorite location for cruisers to hang out.

We were excited to find some refreshments at a super cool local spot! As usual we were the only ones here since there are no planes coming or going.

It was a good day!

It was time for an island tour of Carriacou. We toured by taxi; whole trip took 2 and half hours. Aventis is circled in red anchored just off Paradise Beach (middle left on the picture below). Straight out from us is Sandy Island.

The highest point is 955 ft above sea level.

Boat building was one of the island’s main sources of income.

Almost every fishing boat you see around Carriacou was built in Carriacou.

Time for a beach day at Sandy Island, so we can check it out for ourselves. Funny thing, we did not have it to ourselves for long. The Minister of Health for Grenada (the guy in charge of everything COVID) and 40 of his family and friends showed up to celebrate his 50th birthday. It made for interesting conversation.

We enjoyed a few yummy meals at Paradise Beach Club with friends during the month!

One night we even had whole hog!
Another night we were dancing in the moonlight.
But nothing beat the night the guy rolled up on his donkey and ordered his dinner to go! Not something you see everyday!

We continued to explore and found a lot of other boaters in Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. It was here that we met up with Stephanie, Jake, Rosco and Daisy (Dreamcatcher), friends from St. Thomas in the USVI.

The beach at Tyrell Bay had tons of puffy starfish. We think it was mating season and that is why they came to the shallow water.

Starfish up close and personal video!

We went diving with our friends while at Carriacou too! It was great to be diving again! Here are two videos from our friends that day!

A few days later our little group of four boats sailed back over to Ronde. Our friends Kent and Kathy (WindEnsemble) joined us to make us a group of five. We were looking forward to diving the reef at Ronde.

Unfortunately, our stay at Ronde was short lived. It was here that Chance punctured his inner leg on the hook from the sunshade. We did not realize the wound was so deep and when we took him swimming on the beach his belly filled with water. We rushed (as much as a sail boat can rush) him to the vet on Carriacou. Thanks so much to our friends at Paradise Beach Club to arrange everything! Poor Chance got 4 drains put in and stitches to close the puncture wound. He leaked salty bloody water for a week!

It was a long 2 weeks with cone-head Chance on the boat. Caper missed his playmate.

Our friends came to find us and check on Chance. And of course visit the local drinking/dining establishments on Carriacou.

Our friends on Dream Catcher created a video of some of the good times we had in Carriacou!

August is usually a big month for Regattas at Carriacou but with COVID everything is very toned down. We did however, on two different weekends, find ourselves in a great position to watch the Regattas that were happening.

It is also the start of rainbow season….

As we continued to explore Carriacou by water, we travel north on the west side of the island and found a very unique little bed and breakfast with a restaurant. The view was amazing at Bogles Round House. One of the coolest things about this place is they make ice cream and it is sold in some of the restaurants on the island. They had 6 flavors for us to choose from. What a treat!!

We then made our way just a little farther north and found Anse La Roche Bay. This is said to be the most scenic beach on the island of Carriacou. It is a small bay, so some boats anchor with their stern toward the beach and use a line to tie the mangroves. Tim, the local chef, uses his low tech equipment to make some of the best ribs, chicken and lobster you have ever had. And the local music makes for a one of a kind experience.

August was a fun month of seeing new places. We are hopeful that more islands will continue to open up and there will be many more adventures.

Coming up next month: Lightning problems and more boat issues – and some fun times of course!

Addie’s Take: Aug 10-Sept 24

For anyone who knows my dog Chance, this won’t be a surprise, Chance had another mishap. It happened when we were meeting some other boaters at an uninhabited island. Chance caught himself on the hook of the sunshade when he was going to greet guests that dinghied up to our boat. The hook caught on the inside of his leg and pulled his skin away from his muscle. When it happened Chance howled in pain but there was no blood. The next morning when Mom and Dad took Caper and Chance to the beach, they did not know he had air pockets in his leg. He came out of the water with sea water in his leg and underbelly. He had filled like a balloon. We went two hours by boat back to Paradise Beach to get Chance to the animal hospital in Carriacou. There were three lady veterinarians that volunteer at the clinic, that took care of Chance. He had surgery to put in drains for the sea water and stitches to hold them in. He had to wear a cone on his head to make sure he did not pull the drains and stitches out. We also put a shirt on him to cover up his wounds. Chance has had 7 surgeries in 6 years. My dog Chance is a mess.

This is Chance with the cone on his head and drains in his belly.
This is Chance in Surgery.
This is Chance with his shirt on.

Once Chance was better and we could leave him alone, we went to the Japanese Steakhouse at Carib Sushi, which is a restaurant in Grenada. We invited Kent and Kathy to come with us. I ordered shrimp, vegetable fried rice and vegetables. Dad ordered chicken, vegetable fried rice and vegetables. Mom ordered steak, vegetable fried rice and vegetables. Kathy had shrimp and Kent had tuna. The chef came and cooked the food for us. He wanted me to touch the fire on his hand. I was hesitant but then I touched the fire. The presentation was so cool and fascinating. He did a lot of cool tricks, like he spelled I love you with the egg, rice and veggies. The food was delicious and it was a really fun experience. It was like Makotos (which is a Japanese Steakhouse in Boone, NC) and not like Makotos at the same time. It was like Makotos because they had a room where you order and eat sushi and a room where they make the food for you at your table. It is not like Makotos because the broth is made of seafood, not chicken. Another difference is that it is on an island in the Caribbean and not in a small town in the US.

The chef spelling out the words I love you.
Me trying to touch the fire without hesitating.

When we arrived back at Port Louis Marina (we have some broken things that need to get fixed), I made some new friends. Addison Roberts (Dragonfly),  Grace and Cameron (Kraken),  Kat (Somni), and her best friend Kiera, Zoey and Tanner (Dorothy Rose.) I met Grace and Cameron on our first day back at the marina. I met Addison when she first came to the boat and we listened to Taylor Swift music. I met Kat, Kiera, Guila, Ariana, Zoey and Zoey’s big sister Ali at the pool. I joined a book club with Addison, Grace, Guila, Ariana, Kat and Zoey. I hung out with them on Addison’s boat and we played Charades. I also hung out with them on Tanner’s boat and watched my first Zombie Apocalypse movie. I went to Le Phare Bleu Marina for the teen activity and the movie Mulan but then I saw my friends there and decided to hang out with them instead. We played games, chilled and ate. I brought the snacks, of course. We had french fries and chips. We also raided the popcorn machine and went swimming. Some of us played BS, which is a card game. I also hung-out with Grace and Addison at night a couple of times. One night I had Grace and Addison over on our boat. It’s nice to have new friends even though I miss my old friends. I always have a fun time hanging out with them. I hope to be able to hang out with them some more. They are really nice people and I’m glad I met them.

This me and my friends at La Phere Bleu celebrating Brooke’s birthday.
This is me and my friends on Tanner’s boat.

Mom and I went to an Afternoon Tea; it was a girls only thing. Dad and Kevin (from Pisces) felt left out. It was a beautiful place. We had a tour of the gardens, drank blue tea and ate cakes. We even ate a victoria sponge. The Tower Estate is called the Downton Abbey of Grenada. They have one and a half acres of tropical gardens. Victoria gave us a tour of the gardens. She has been caring for the gardens for 32 years. It was really cool seeing the flowers in the garden and drinking blue tea. One of the flowers is called Butterfly Pea (picture below) and it is what they use to make the tea blue. I have not had formal tea since second grade. We used china cups and a china teapot. It was very formal. Our host, Isabel, told us that the estate was built in 1913. The husband built it for his wife but she did not want to live there. She left him. Isabel’s grandparents bought the house at an auction in the 1950’s and her family has lived there ever since. We went with a couple of women we knew from the marina and some we didn’t know. Renee from Texas Crewed organized it. It was an experience I will never forget.

Fun girls day with mom.