Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a Major Award!

A few weeks ago a group of us played Trivia at Prickly Bay Marina 
and believe it or not, hold on to your hats, drum roll please, 
we Tied for First Place!
Our prize was a 2 hour ride in a Dinghy Donut Boat,
you know, like a doughnut you dunk in your coffee.
Great prize for a bunch of cruisers who all own their own dinghies!

But I have to say this was fun!  

Jim made some of his famous rum punch for our cruise.

The 2 hour cruise ended well as we can back with everyone we left with!
Then it was 2 for 1 pizza night at the marina.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Little Chores of Life

Today is Saturday and it seemed to me that it was much like those
Saturdays when I was working during the week and Saturday was
for catching up on chores.  I had my morning cup of tea and then
started on my mental to-do list.
First I put fresh linens on the bed and gathered up the laundry.
Then I loaded up the dinghy and headed over to Prickly Bay Marina.
I dropped off the laundry, picked up ice and then bought some fresh
baked coconut macaroons. 
After all, it is also Valentine's Day so a little treat seemed appropriate!
Back at the boat I did the dishes and tidied up the cabin.
Then it was time for my second trip to the marina for water.
I filled jerry cans with 25 gallons of water that we pumped into our water
tank. Now in case you think I'm complaining or looking for kudos, I'm not.
What struck me as I was driving the dinghy with my load of water jugs
was how beautiful it is here.  Blue sky, blue water, sunshine and
a breeze are constant.  Three pelicans did a loop overhead and
then soared out towards the open ocean.
Today chores didn't feel much like well, a chore!

Friday, February 13, 2015

We Should Be Working

Boat projects.  What boat projects?
Oh I suppose we should be working but there's a new brewery on the island!
The West Indies Beer Company opened last spring in a tiny building
at The True Blue Bay Resort.
It didn't take long for them to outgrow the space and now they are brewing
in a new facility where you can taste all the flavors they have to offer.
Apparently we weren't the only people who were craving a little variety!

On the night we visited there was a porter, an amber ale, a wheat beer
 and some hard cider on tap.

This could become a favorite hangout.

Friday, February 6, 2015

One Man's Treasure

A boat is like a woman. 
Love her, treasure her, and she will be good to you in return.

We see many beautiful boats every year at the Grenada Work Boat Regatta.
Each one is more beautiful than the last.
We've brought you photos of these beauties before
but we can't resist showing them to you again.

Future sailor.

There were two regattas going on at once so here you see the big race boats from the Grenada Sailing Week Regatta as they cross paths with the much smaller work boats.

What you doin' mon!

This is always one of my favorite days of the year. 
We rent beach chairs on Grand Anse Beach and sit in the shade of an almond tree. 
There's good island food, cold beer, music and great racing.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back Home to Grenada

We have finally arrived in Grenada after much too long away.
It feels so good to be back home on Merengue.

We arrived late so we opted for a room at
the University Club for the night.
Plenty of time to tackle opening up the boat in the morning.
I opened my eyes the next morning to the outline of palm trees through the drapes.
I remember letting out a long, contented sigh.
The view of Prickly Bay from the balcony was just as I had
remembered it so many times over the months we were away.
Merengue was waiting for us just on the other side.

Our friend Hope arrives to provide water taxi service to our boat.
First days' to-do list: get dinghy in the water, engine on dinghy and get fuel. 
We have to have transportation.
Put dodger and bimini on the boat so we have shade. 
Unpack all the bags of linens, towels and clothes that I store in plastic with dryer sheets and stow them in their respective lockers.
Make-up the bed.  Drink plenty of water and acclimate to the heat.  Then it was back to the University Club for a swim, shower, dinner and a good nights sleep.

Sunset from the balcony.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Turtle Watch

Last week we went on a Turtle Watch for the first time.  This has been on my "Bucket List" for years and I was very excited to think that I may be allowed to witness this amazing event.  Luck was with us as we arrived at Levera beach on the northeast coast of Grenada just as a Leatherback turtle was making her way on to the beach!
No white lights or flash photography is allowed so it was difficult to get pictures but here are a few.
This leatherback turtle is approximately 5 feet in length and when she spread her flippers her "wingspan" was 6-7 feet.  Our tour guide thought she might weigh 800 lbs.  The turtle, not the guide!
Leatherback turtles have been on earth since the dinosaur age but their numbers continue to decrease and they are endangered.

Red flashlights illuminated the turtle for us.  What you are seeing here is the back-end as she is digging the hole to lay her eggs.  She digs with her rear flippers until she has a hole approximately 1 foot in diameter and 18 inches deep.

This turtle built her nest too close to the waterline so the researchers picked up the eggs as the turtle laid them and placed them in a bucket.  They had already prepared a new nest higher up the beach for the eggs.

Here's the researcher placing the eggs in the nest.  There were 84 yolk or fertilized eggs as well as a number of unfertilized.  They were approximately the size of a billiard ball.

In this picture, there is a researcher on the right holding a hypodermic needle as he gets ready to tag the turtle.  In the foreground is the turtle's huge front flipper.
The turtle then begins the laborious task of burying the eggs, pushing sand back with her front flippers and packing it down with her body.  She doesn't know that her eggs have been moved to safer ground.  The process of digging the hole, laying her eggs and then burying them takes several hours and she is exhausted but she's not finished yet.  She moves away from her nest and begins to dig again, creating a fake nest in the hope of fooling predators. 
At this point her exhaustion is great and she has difficulty just moving her huge body toward the sea.  She lumbered down into the water and eventually disappeared below the surf.  We were told that she would return again in about 10 days to lay more eggs and would lay eggs several times over the breeding season.  We found ourselves just standing there on the beach, not moving, in awe of what we had just witnessed.
One sobering fact; researchers believe that only 1 in 1000 leatherback turtles live to maturity.