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The 'Burbs

It’s December already! Where has the year gone? Well, you will have to wait for Kalunamoo’s Yearly News to find out!

Shirley Heights
Shirley Heights

In the meantime we kept busy in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua with the Salty Dawgs (after a quick runup from Trinidad). The Dawgs are those rally cruisers who sailed down from Virginia to Antigua in early November. The weather was not the easiest for them as many diverted to Bermuda and waited for better weather going south. Most started to arrive by mid-November. Our good friend Bob Osborne, s/v Pandora, flew down to Antigua to meet them as he was instrumental in organizing the arrival activities. Pandora remained up north this season.
It was a busy couple of weeks with happy hours, dinners, Rum tot’s, receptions, a jam night and a big Thanksgiving Dinner. Nearly 20 boats arrived, at least 50 cruisers, and it was great meeting the “new” Dawgs and old friends. This is the part of liveaboard/cruising that is purely social. Once all the social activities, sea stories and introducing these cruisers to the islands, they began to explore by themselves or with new found cruising buddies. I even gave a brief run-down of what might await them down island.

Deep Bay
Deep Bay

After this, it was “out to ‘burbs” for us to chill-out. We sailed to Deep Bay and anchored with a few other boats, most being charter that only anchored overnight. With limited internet (only cell phone) it really did feel we were out in “burbs”. Deep Bay is a small cove on the west coast with a good beach and an old sunken wreck in the middle that you can snorkel on. There are no facilities on the beach to distract the visitor. A short hike up the bluff leads to the remains of an old Lord Nelson era fort. A typical “get-a-way” anchorage from the bustle of a Falmouth or Jolly Harbor.

Redonda
Redonda

The days were dry as we are starting the “dry” season. Even now, however, short rain showers pop up at any time. The sun sets just off Redonda, a real “island in the sun”, and where the Green Flash is often seen. Photos of this are impossible but somethings are best left undocumented. Much like the lack of clothing of many cruisers.

Five Islands
Five Islands





After four days we moved over to Five Islands, a larger anchorage but with the advantage (disadvantage?) of free Wi-Fi from the one resort on shore. Yes, we get use to being connected even when anchored alone. The boat moves with the low northern swell, a calling card from the storms in the North Atlantic. The swells crash along the rock shoreline, unaware of their spectacular end to their journey. That can be documented. The rugged coastline can thank those northern storms for carving their rock into sculptures we could never duplicate.
The 'Burbs
The 'Burbs

We’ll proceed to Jolly Harbor from here, with their restaurants to tempt us, other cruisers to meet and to Budget Marine to spend money. The ‘burbs we visit may not be what others consider the suburban enclaves they recognize. However, these serve as a buffer from the urban centers of marina life. In a few weeks we fly back to New York for the holidays. Layers of clothing will be piled on and much will be documented.    

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