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.
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.
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.
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.
See you in the next country …