Waking up to coffee on the patio overlooking the Freakin' Caribbean was just as awesome as we expected. It's been a long time since we've seen a sunrise over the water, and it felt really good to just sit and watch the changing skies. Gradually the lights of town were replaced by the creeping sun. Sleepy sailboats across the channel met the morning with us... the first Puerto Ricans to see the sun from our far eastern position.
|Lights of the town slowly blinked off as the sun came up.|
|We have wonderful memories of being in the Dakiti anchorage across the channel.|
Taking our leisure, we watched as the neighborhood came alive. Like most Caribbean islands, Culebra has no shortage of fowl! The roosters crowing, chickens clucking to peeping chicks, and the added bonus of guineas and even peacocks, punctuated our morning peace.
|Guinea fowl picked at seeds below our balcony|
|Roster daddy watches his women and children, keeping them safe from marauding cats!|
|Peahens lounged below our balcony.|
|You can see into the cemetery as you come down the hill!|
|I remember we used to visit this station by water!|
We had to make a fuel stop before going very much further. Typical Island style, they don't send you out with a full tank. You just need to return it with as much or more than you found it... I'm sure they make out like thieves this way because people will fill it up before returning it... But anyway, fueling up was fun too. We used to come to this station in our dinghy as it is situated along a canal that leads into the harbour form outside. Coming into the fuel bay, there is a one way street. Happily, there were no cars lined up in front of us! Early birds get the fuel! Next stop? Let's find a beach to snorkel!!
Melones Beach is one of the places we visited by boat. We came here briefly in 2016 when we had friends chartering. I definitely get a tugging feeling when I stand on the shore and look out at places we used to roam freely, without the limitations of living on the land...
|But this is fun too!!! Wheeeee!!!|
I walked the beach, picking up pieces of coral "bones" to make a wind chime for our condo. The little broken pieces make a lovely tinkling sound when they hit one another. I like to hang them from a pice of driftwood on my patio. I moved from Melones beach over to Playa Sardinas, looking for shells and other treasures. That's where we found the lovely swing!! Enjoy the peace of that Moment of Zen!
|Hey baby... wanna go for a ride?|
|Laguna del Flamenco|
|Check another Bandera de Hector off my list!!|
|Perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket...|
|The amazing Flamingo Tongue Snail!|
|The ever popular Sargent Majors|
|Hey lady... you gonna eat that cracker?|
|It's a little creepy, trying to enjoy my lunch with a rooster lurking behind...|
|Our condo from across the channel|
|We found the Peacocks!|
|Back to our cozy condo for the evening!|
|There's a nice little viewing area|
|Mad dash in the rain!|
|Bye Hector the Protector!|
|Bye Culebra! We will be back!|
All in all, our staycation went very smoothly. We arrived home before dark, and we didn't lose anything! And we didn't have to navigate!