|Struggling to round the NW point of Culebra|
|Seas were very good to us|
|Black Cliffs on the NE end of Culebra|
We started out with just sails... the boat rose and fell gently on the swells as the wind helped us get around that long arm that stretches NW on Culebra.
|Yellow line is our track|
So. Was it dangerous and scary as the charter captain said? No. It was just slow going against wind and current... but really quite pleasant and a change of scenery for us that we enjoyed.
|First glimpse of the Culebrita Lighthouse|
I was a bit nervous coming in but we never saw any really shallow water... And the waves were small today. I would have had a lot more anxiety if we were being lifted and dropped by big rollers so for sure we won't be doing this in big weather.
There were already a few boats anchored up close to shore or on one of the many free mooring balls But then it's Friday and this place is a favorite of the Locals. We had no hope of being alone here on a weekend...
|Sunset courtesy of Sahara Dust|
And while a small part of us still wished that we had come here with our friends... a bigger part was glad we came when conditions were right... and we had time to hang out and enjoy this place in slow-cruiser-style.
|Nothin' to do but watch the sun slowly....slowly... set.|
|First rays of sunlight on the Lighthouse|
|Not so crowded yet... but it's Saturday... they will come!|
We could see them moving along until we got about ten feet from them... then they would suddenly zip back up into their shells and play 'possum. I waited and waited in breathless silence for this guy to come out... then Bruce made a noise and he closed back up again! Dang it Bruce!!!
I was loving this! The terrain reminded me of days gone by when we used to go hiking on our family's property in the Texas Hill Country... right down to the scrubby brush and red dirt!
The last part of the trail had a much steeper incline and we had to stop and take a water break. We found a spot in the shade and cooled off for a bit.
We had no idea how much further we must go to the top... but very soon after we continued on, we got our first glimpse of the goal.
He looked a little menacing but after a short stare-down... he broke eye contact and galloped after his family.
|I call dibs on THIS ROOM!|
|The door into the turret|
|Looking up inside the turret|
It must have been a lonely life with little compensation other than the normalcy of this stunning vista.
|Everyone should have a photo of their boat like this!|
|Another billy chasing his girls away from us.|
|Photo courtesy of the ugly metal tower|
|Odd that these marble floor tiles are in such great condition|
We settled in the cockpit and watched it all... There is no use getting upset about the traffic or the music playing loud enough for the whole anchorage to hear.
|Big boat backing into the parking spot beside the others.|
Toward late afternoon we got a burst of energy and took a dinghy ride over to The Jacuzzis.
We could take the hot dusty trail over land to reach the pools... or we could arrive by sea on the dinghy. Much more fun by sea, I say...
|Arriving by sea|
|Planning his route|
|It wasn't easy going and I worried he wouldn't get back in one piece|
There are some rocky patches along the outside of the anchorage that didn't hold much of interest... although later in the evening we heard a boy chattering excitedly that he had found an octopus. I guess they come out at dusk...
We spent the afternoon cooling off in our giant bathtub and watching the neighbors.
Update: We had such a great time here we came right back for one more day. We used this anchorage as our staging point for the jump to St. Thomas... These are my picks of the photos from our Bonus Day: