Red Solo Cup

This is the view from the beach on Norman Island at the Bight.

This is the view from the beach on Norman Island at the Bight.

What do you do when all the kids know the words to the song “Red Solo Cup”? … I mean even Jack randomly starts “Red Solo Cup, I fill you up…”, then the rest just join in …

Maybe its a sign, one of a couple that is telling us that this part of our adventure needs a change <g> … another sign is that my new (4 weeks) flip flops blew out … ugh … blown out flip flop, kids singing drinking songs … oh yeah and BVI immigration telling us that we have to leave on today.

Our stop for the morning, an island that is rarely visited

Our stop for the morning, an island that is rarely visited

Beachcoming on the windy side of the island

Beachcoming on the windy side of the island

Jack found the going a little rough through the island, mommy was a willing carrier

Jack found the going a little rough through the island, mommy was a willing carrier

Today, so it seems is the end of our vacation in the British Virgin Islands, and the beginning of our adventure in earnest. Our plan had always been to learn the boat, get comfortable on her and just try to settle in. I think we’ve done that.

Everyone seems to be getting into the routine, they are all comfortable and don’t seem to miss “home” all that much. We’ve put more than 200 miles on the boat, just moving around the islands … we’ve learned that she is strong and that she has some gremlins. She’s given us the confidence we need to get going.

We've been to Norman Island now a couple of times ... great beach that the kids love to play on and snorkel from

We’ve been to Norman Island now a couple of times … great beach that the kids love to play on and snorkel from

There is no shortage of technology on Discovery, I think we have much more processing power than the Discovery Shuttle ever did :)

There is no shortage of technology on Discovery, I think we have much more processing power than the Discovery Shuttle ever did :)

Gangsta

Gangsta

Never underestimate how much fun a set of walkie talkies can be ... you'll also notice the "sand specimens" being collected in the sink

Never underestimate how much fun a set of walkie talkies can be … you’ll also notice the “sand specimens” being collected in the sink

Kate has become a swimming and snorkeling machine, she is very comfortable in the water and spends hours in it. When we drop anchor, she puts on her gear and swims out with me over the anchor to make sure that it is set right.

Jaci is my first mate, she knows about most of the boat systems and is our premier boat handler. She continues to get comfortable in the water, working through her fear of sea monsters (ok, Barracudas).

Genna is our fearless, always happy one. When I swam out to check out a couple of 4ft Barracudas hovering by the boat, she jumped right in and swam with me (all the others headed back to the boat).

Jack, well Jack is “Mr. video games”… he is the monitor of our generator,knowing when it needs to come on (to play video games) and when it is not (when he can’t). He is swimming more and more and has started swimming with his mask to see the fish.

The Alonso girls (and me) acquiring the skill of stand up paddleboarding ... not as easy as it looks ... we will be adding one to the Discovery list of toys in the future.

The Alonso girls (and me) acquiring the skill of stand up paddleboarding … not as easy as it looks … we will be adding one to the Discovery list of toys in the future.

One of the many bays that we visited

One of the many bays that we visited

As the crew wakes this morning, we have Discovery ready for our crossing to St. Martin. This will be our biggest to date (about 90 miles). We’ve done one to Anageda (a BVI island) of about 15 miles, but nothing with “big” water. The weather looks great for it, waves about 4 ft (the projection) and light winds. We will do the crossing around 15mph (our comfortable speed), so should be about 6 hours.

Jack has mastered the important skill of being able to sleep anywhere and anytime ... this is on the flybridge after a crossing

Jack has mastered the important skill of being able to sleep anywhere and anytime … this is on the flybridge after a crossing

In keeping with the vacation theme, we spent 2 nights at the Scrub Island Resort ... 2 level pool with a slide ... very acceptable

In keeping with the vacation theme, we spent 2 nights at the Scrub Island Resort … 2 level pool with a slide … very acceptable

Playing on the boat ... I think it was hide and seek

Playing on the boat … I think it was hide and seek

Being silly for the camera

Being silly for the camera

See you in the next country …

A nice view to wind down the day

A nice view to wind down the day

13 thoughts on “Red Solo Cup

  1. Love seeing all the pics. Michelle looks great and the kids look like they are having a fab time. I’m jealous. Why didn’t my parents do this with me when I was a child?!! X

  2. Hey Guys!! Finally able to catch up on your adventure! I love the pictures and to see all you’re smiling faces. It’s really beautiful where you’ve been in the BVI. Where is the next stop? can’t wait to see where it will be! Happy sailing and hugs to each of you! love you guys!
    Heather

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