"Not only is the universe stranger than what we imagine,
it is stranger than what we can imagine."
Sir Arthur Eddington

Stormy Weather

We flew out of New York on Sept. 12 just before hurricane Florence reached the Carolinas. The JetBlue jet must have just skirted the storm on its eastern side as we flew to Trinidad. We arrived safely, without turbulence or delay. As our boat insurance puts it, we passed thru the "hurricane box Jacksonville FL to Grenada (inclusive)" to a land where hurricanes very, very rarely visit.

I wonder when the "hurricane box" will be extended north to New York. The East Coast seems to be hit with more storms but maybe its just that the news makes it seem so. In any case, our insurance company also moved their hurricane season. It was June 1 to November 1 but is now July 1 to November 15. After last year's season with the loss of many Caribbean boats, all insurance companies are taking a hard look at their risk pools. I guess they must keep up with mother nature's changing ways.


In the Adirondacks with melanie and Dave
In the Adirondacks with melanie and Dave
Our time in New York was like the early summer visit. Many days were as hot as Trinidad. Of course, going out to dinner at many restaurants, winter gear is usually required. Unlike in the islands, it seems restaurant windows are permanently nailed shut. I suppose it saves on wardrobe expenses as you only need winter clothing year-round.
We managed to see family and friends, doctors and restaurants. The highlights included a few days up in the Adirondacks with two daughters and grandsons. Spending time having dinner or BBQ's with my 97-year-old dad is always a treat. We also managed visits to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Maryland to touch base with cruisers that are up there for the summer. All this was like a vacation from the business of Caribbean living and sailing. It's a business, we still enjoy and keeps us from growing grass between our toes. Sand between our toes seems more our style.


In Philadelphia with Judy and Ed
In Philadelphia with Judy and Ed

Laura and Drew and Family
Caleigh and James
Caleigh and James
Odds, ends and boat parts are always gathered while in the States which fills our luggage when we return to the boat. Fifty-pound luggage limits are quickly reached as most boat gear is heavy. In Trinidad, other than some paperwork, there is no problem "importing boat parts" even if they include musical keyboards, DVD's and reams of fabrics. When we arrived back at Kalunamoo, we found everything in order except our garden hose. For some reason, and this was the second time, the hose did a walk about when we left for some time. I don't understand it, but the bikes, dinghy and all the stuff on deck never have the urge to walk off, but the garden hose apparently has that disposition. There was also a pretty good size earthquake when we were away. A small drum toppled inside Kalunamoo but otherwise nothing was damaged. The local restaurant in the boat yard is closed for repairs but, according to the locals, the island did a great shake for a few minutes. Well at least there are no hurricanes. Our insurance does not mention earthquake exclusion.

Maureen and Virginia
Maureen and Virginia

Grandson Michael's hockey game
Grandson Michael's hockey game

Dressed for winter in the Summer
Dressed for winter in the Summer

The next month or so we will be busy getting Kalunamoo back up to cruising trim. Looking forward to our new aft dining table and canopy. Voyage #9 will start when we splash in mid-October. By then the north turns colder while the island weather settles down to constant trade winds and fewer showers.  This will be our 6th season in the Caribbean after two in the Bahamas and a voyage to Bermuda. Yes, sand or water between our toes seems to suit us for now and it does simplify our wardrobe. Summer clothing (if any!) year-round.

Comments

thomas.k.saxe 9/16/2018
SUBJECT: Re: Stormy Weather Agree. Textiles are over rated. On Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 8:12 AM Kalunamoo < blogcomments-XRMY6@[...]> wrote: >
Sabrina 9/16/2018

Sand and water between our toes.....nice!  It is our 6th season as well.  Still Loving this life.