Getting out was hard. Even after we technically tossed the docklines, leaving the US was hard. Transitioning in our minds from the internal attachment to all things American was something we didn't even know was a THING!
We've been out of our comfort zone and yet we have developed a new comfort zone... We have developed a new sense of our abilities and confidence in our boat. And although we no longer feel so strongly compelled to go "somewhere"... We are truly comfortable in our life living "somewhere else".
Thinking forward to possibly not coming "back" to the US in the foreseeable future doesn't seem so daunting to us any longer. We are excited to be finally visiting new places and really taking our time to see them thoroughly... This is what our 2017 is. The year we finally made it out.
Still... Moving on provides it's own set of challenges... We have to get past the Christmas Winds if we ever want to move on from Culebra! We've been here for almost a month! Today the urge to move this boat has grown to overwhelming proportions and we are getting ready to pull up the anchor... We won't get far until later this week when the winds are forecast to lay down a bit... But we are going SOMEWHERE. Today!
Sleepy little Culebra seems to be waking up. Christmas is reportedly one of their biggest tourist events and there is an air of building excitement that can be felt everywhere.
|We finally found this little kiosk OPEN!|
|Bruce quickly offered to let me pick out my Christmas present...|
|Enjoying Monkey Balls at Sweet & Naughty|
Eating has been a bit of an issue lately... I hate to make New Year's Resolutions about dieting... but really.... With long days stuck onboard, I've been cooking lots of tasty but not so healthy meals and baked things... Then we lie around on our backsides with full tummies and I must say that my waistline has suffered the consequences.
So we have consciously looked for excuses to get off the boat and just walk around a bit. We found this easy beach just outside the canal through town to be the perfect get-away!
I was struggling with being a little melancholy on Christmas Day... I know it's just another day... but it is full of so many memories of mornings with my kids. I know these are days I will never get back... days that wouldn't be the same even if we weren't cruising far away from all that was our "normal" lives... But still...
Finding a quiet beach and getting a little sunshine was just what I needed to cheer up my mood!
|While family and friends were huddled inside with cold and snow...|
|Having no Christmas decorations....|
|I made a temporary Mermaid's Wreath|
|Bruce cleaning the dinghy bottom!|
|Guys and girls naturally separate for chit-chat.|
|Ginny and Chuck playing with Christmas toys!|
|Are there any sea monsters out here?|
|Bonnie and Wendy enjoying the cool water...|
|A temporary squall chased us all back to our respective boats!|
|I appreciated the fresh water rinse!|
|I appreciate a fine looking rooster...|
Shortly after our arrival here one of our propane bottles ran dry. We thought maybe we would get it filled in St. Thomas but as the days turned into weeks I began to get nervous about our second bottle going dry... especially with all the baking I've been doing!
So one day we decided to get a fill... It's amazing how complicated that turned out to be. First we called to make sure they were open. Yes, the guy will be there at noon.
|The Shadow Waits|
Two days later we called again and arranged to meet up at the Dinghy Dock. That hour promised for the return of our newly filled bottle turned into four hours of waiting around... I won't go into the details but if you need a propane fill... do it somewhere else!
The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve was the busiest we've ever seen the streets of Culebra. We had heard that there would be a big NYE party and boats began to fill the Bay and the public dock several days in advance.
|Our dinghy dock was taken over by Holiday revelers|
|Sunken bicycle resurrected|
|We visited the fresh market weekly|
|Gonna have to figure out how to eat like locals eventually... not today!|
|This will make a nice stew...|
|US Post Office|
|Looks like this place is expecting some heat!|
|Police were blocking the downtown area two days before the party|
|Last Sunrise of 2016|
|Sun setting on 2016|
|Our big New Year's Eve activity...Leftovers in the cockpit and Netflix|
|Good morning 2017!! Happy New Year!|
|Odin and Adventure Us 2|
The long-awaited arrival of Texas friends on Adventure Us 2 has released us from all non-weather related restrictions... You'll see more of these two in the days to come as we plan to continue on with them for a while...
|These blooms weren't there the last time we walked past this cactus...|
|I love the porches... no two are alike!|
|Boats anchored near the music stage from last night|
|Our little band of vagabonds|
|Chicken sneaking up on an unsuspecting Bonnie|
|You gonna eat that coconut, lady?|
|Craig procured sustenance for his Lady|
|We had to find alternate dinghy dockage...|
|More boats in the Bay than we've ever seen!|
|Our alternate dinghy dockage...|
We are excited about how this year will unfold... what new adventures will it bring? Join us and find out! Happy New Year!