Friday, January 16, 2009

Goodbye Sweet Grenada

After 6 months in Grenada, it's time to say goodbye. I think when your courtesy flag starts to fall apart it's just it's way of telling you you've been here a long time!

Good sailing weather is sporadic at this time of year. We've had lots of wind and big seas for the past week. The winds have moderated and the seas are coming down but just about the time it starts looking good, wind and seas pick up again. We plan on heading to Carriacou in the morning and then will continue to move north as weather permits. So stay tuned as Merengue and crew visit new places and some old favorites. And thank you Grenada. We're going to miss you!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bully for Jim!

Happy New Year everyone!
Hope you enjoyed the holidays.
Christmas was followed up by many more get-togethers with friends, aboard boats and at restaurants and happy hours around the island. We spent New Years Eve aboard Bellagio and then watched the fireworks over Prickly Bay from Merengue's bow. Beautiful!
I've also been getting a lot of walking in, usually with a group of women who like to walk several mornings a week. Here's a view of Prickly Bay from the hill on the east side of the bay.
The day after New Years it was back into the Immigration office in St. George's to ask for another 30 day extension. Let's see, what shall we tell them this time? We have a legitimate reason. We're waiting for new passports. Fill out the forms again, pay $25EC/pp ($9.36 U.S.) and we're good for another 30 days.

Since we thought it would be our last trip into St. George's we decided to have lunch at one of our favorite spots, the Carenage Cafe. We love to sit on the patio with a cold Carib Beer and watch the hustle and bustle of the town go by. We also love the rotis they serve.

On every visit we see this sign showing the various fruit punches and milk shakes they serve but we never order them. Jim has always been intrigued by "The Bull", the mix of Guinness, sea moss, oats, egg, peanut and milk so it was time to grab the bull by the horns and try one. After all, you've heard the slogan, "Guinness for Strength!" I was much more conservative and ordered the "Peanut Slide." Both were delicious! Why did we wait so long!

On January 8th we picked up our new passports at the U.S. Consulate. It took 3 weeks to get them, not bad considering holiday delays and the fact that we are more than 2,000 miles away. So we are good to go! What is it they say, God giveth and God taketh away. The day after our passports arrived the winds picked up to 20-25 knots with 8-11 ft seas. No end in sight for a week. So we wait. I guess we have time for another Bull.