|We had grown quite a lot of goomba on our anchor chain and snubber...|
|Crew to Battle Stations...|
We had mentioned to Adventure Us 2 that we would go if the winds weren't honking in the morning... and they were kind of honking. Add to that a procession of fast-moving squalls and we could easily have decided to just stay put... But Itchy Feet, remember?
|Burton is teaching Vicki well...|
While Bruce was working on cleaning off the ground tackle, I noticed that our alternator gauge was kind of having little fits instead of giving me a strong reading... and our tachometer was quivering. Not good. I mentioned this to Bruce and he quickly disappeared down below to take a look. It was a quick fix however, just tighten the alternator belt and we were good to go again... Then the cloud appeared. We consulted radar and decided to just be reasonable for a minute and cool our heels while the rain passed. Besides, it gave us a chance to have breakfast!
|We passed this unlucky New Year's Reveler... Notice anything unusual about the way this boat is sitting?|
Another squall slipped past us bringing gusty winds and a few sprinkles but by the time we reached the gap in the protective reef it had passed...
Even with the forecast calling for winds 17-20 knots and seas to 8 feet, we were banking on the wind direction being in our favor. Coming from the NE the wind driven waves would have to leap over a small island and a lot of reef to get us. There was only a short distance that we might get bigger waves and we were OK with that. Jezebel did not get a vote.
|We could see several sport-fishers anchored in Almodovar|
The 5.5 mile distance that should have taken us about an hour took almost two due to some adverse current, and wind and wave being on the nose. But we powered happily on with stunning views all around us.
|Turning in just past this shallow spot.... See how flat the water is?|
The channel leading into Manglar Bay was easily visible and all we had to do was avoid the light colored water and stay on the flat ribbon of deep blue that led us into even more sheltered waters.
|Group one on our port side...|
As soon as we got settled the aforementioned squalls resumed their march. We were all thankful of the cozy reef just in front of us. Ensenada Honda provides adequate protection but the wind can kick up some decent wave action where we were anchored. THIS is heaven in comparison.
|A sunny interlude with the next squall almost obscuring St. Thomas|
Oh yeah what about our Buddy Boat? They decided to remain back in Ensenada Honda for a couple of days to see more of Culebra. This is their first time here and we are happy to wait over on this side for them to meet up with us...