|Bruce on point checking out the ball...|
|Vieques Sound on a rare calm day|
Our spur-of-the-moment decision to leave Vieques and continue on to Culebra was due to today's benign weather forecast.
|It was SO nice that Jezabelle hardly noticed we were moving!|
So while motorsailing on Vieques Sound I was online busily setting up a whirlwind of social events with various Facebook friends, both personally known and known only online... Upon arrival at the anchorage at Fuladosa ( chosen for its proximity to Club Seaborne) where I had already set up plans to meet our friends from Orion AND new friends aboard Mermaid!
|Club Seaborne Dock in Fuladosa Bay, Culebra|
If you get the chance, drop by Azul for happy hour and dinner... Their food is top notch and the service is impeccable. It's the perfect spot to celebrate a birthday or anniversary....
|Blue dot where we anchored in Fuladosa, town is to the left|
Next on our social calendar was lunch out (I KNOW!!! Two meals in a row!!!) with friends from Rhapsody. They were on a ball in Dakity but we had arranged to have lunch at The Dinghy Dock in town.
Odin The Wanderer and we went off for an adventure in laundry. It was an adventure because we had only a vague description of where the dock was... and we tried two others before we finally found the right (I think) dock. And still this involved tying the dinghy to a rickety dock away from the shore and wading with our loads of laundry in knee deep water of indeterminate cleanliness... then a walk up the road to La Surana Apartments which also happen to have a decent coin laundromat in the back! (oh and BTW, the dryer on the far left doesn't work... long story)
|Tyler working on the next video...|
The rain cloud seen in the photos finally began to sprinkle a steady rain upon us causing the group to scatter in record time. Some of us (a-hem) left our ports and hatches open... But it was getting dark anyway and time to go. Besides... we aren't used to this high level of social activity. But an early night and an entire day of recuperating on Dos Libras and we were ready to go again!
Carlos Jeep Rentals. They are very nice and will come pick you up from the Public Dock, or anywhere else on the island for that matter... We checked out our golf cart from their office at the airport and were away!
While Robin and I laughed and enjoyed some girl-silliness in the back seat!
|A small hawk tried to chase us away...|
We split up, us going right, them going left... and enjoyed some quiet beach time alone with our mates. We can never get tired of walking the beautiful white sand with the crystal waves pouring liquid turquoise blue at our feet.
|The Dakity mooring field|
You know you're living right when animals are the clean-up crew!
|Starting to all look alike yet? Not to ME!!!|
Coccoloba uvifera for you Robin) and the other just off the beach further on.
|Robin and Mike S/V Mermaid|
|We watched the fishermen bring tonight's catch to the restaurant|
|Bartolo - The "Town Dog"|
OK, one more meal out... I swear! Then we're grounded! Pat and Darnell (S/V Island Dreams) arrived today and presented us with the opportunity to try Zaco's Tacos. We long for Mexican food and have never been able to find this place open, even though this is our FIFTH time to stay in Ensenada Honda... Tonight is the night! We joined our friends from Puerto Patillas
We had a lovely dinner with them and even though we have only known them for a couple of weeks, it was like greeting old friends. I will tell you that throughout our more-than-three-years of cruising... this is the MOST social activity we have encountered.
So what about those winds? Well, I don't know if they are the "Christmas Winds" that we've heard so much (but found so little online) about... but they're HERE!
All social activity has come to a complete stop while we hunker down in our respective boats and endure the mid-to-high 20 knot winds with higher gusts. Our boats are rocking and we are all doing whatever Cruisers do when trapped aboard. (for those of you in Canada and other colder climes... we are NOT complaining!!!)
|Using the wind to blow dust and cat hair off of the bedspread!|
So now here we are awaiting the arrival of more friends, and wondering where we will end up spending Christmas.
Don't ask us... because we don't know! But either way... here is just fine and I'm sure once these winds subside... our Dance Card will continue to be full!