As I sit here typing this entry, there is a steel drum band playing on the dock right next to me for one of the many yachts here. The breeze here is enough to make you go below, or put on a sweatshirt of some kind. Yeah I really like my life right now.
Where to start… It seems as though when I finally get on a computer again I have so much to write I dont know where to start and where to stop!
What Ive done since my last posting….:
I went on a few more adventures with/out the Poynters. I rented a car with our Neighbor Chris- whom is from Germany and lives a great boat down here. We rented a car and went to the greatest beach I’ve seen so far! Its location was outside of St. Anne…for anyone who can get there someday. It was Fairly dead and absolutly beautiful. The beach seemed to go on for miles and miles with very little sand, and crystal clear shallow water. There was a reef break out at least a hundred feet out which kept all the waves and fishies far away. We hung out there in the blazing sun for a good few hours until we decided it was time for a drink. We headed over to St. Francias(spelling may be off) :), had some great lunch, and a tasty drink. Instead of being big partiers we decided to head to the pizza joint grab a pizza and watch a movie. Yes people even do that in paradise :).
Adventure 2 was with Mrs. Poynter the kids and me. We decided to be adventerous once again and head into the hills. We got to the waterfalls in Guadeloupe and had a hefty hike down a bunch of stairs. We got the the end of the hike where the biggest waterfalls were in the Caribbean. To our surprise, the view was terrible, so Mrs. Poynter carrrying Annabel on her front, and Henry on my back we roughed it up to the waterfall. Now this was not your easy little cobblestone path, we were in the water, finding hand and foot holds in the rushing water….all for a few of a 300 foot waterfall. I asked myself would I do it again after we were done..Hell yes I would!!!
Next on the list…We left Pointe de Petre and headed north to Deshaies ( all in Guadeloupe), a 5-6 hour sail that went relatively smooth. We were in the lee of the island for most of the day, which meant no wind and motoring. Henry and I took a nap in my bunk while we were motoring, something we often do on a long sail. I woke to find us healing over so much I almost fell out of the bed TWICE! Henry just rolled into me and continued sleeping, I was his lee cloth :). When nap time was over we headed back on deck, and the Poynters had some interesting things to say. Apparently we hit some wind so they put the sails up quickly to catch it, the boat healed over further than it has before! It was almost straight up and down AND I MISSED IT! No wonder I practically fell out of my bed :).
After having a night of anchoring hell we moved northâ€¦.all the way to Antigua. Looking at the map with no sailing experience I would say it was very close, now after traveling by boat, my views would defiantly change! We were out on the ocean blue for almost six hours, and man what a trip it was! Henry was like a child dream, he was sooo good, we hung out in the cockpit for most of the sail just looking out at the waves going by. When we started the trip our destination was not in sight, but with my keen sense of eyesightâ€¦I was the first one to spot it J. The Poynters and I always have bets going to see who can spot it firstâ€¦.
Our trip stopped at The Antigua Yacht Club where we will sit for a good two weeks surrounded by big begiesly (Mrs. Poynters word J ) motor yachts! We are usually one of the bigger yachts in a harbor, not here thoughâ€¦ The one that pulled in next to us today was 180ft. long, It has three decks a crap load of lights, and at least 10 crew members. Not too bad of a little cruising yacht. That is just one of the many boats we are surrounded by here in the harbor, at night it is quite a sight, with all of their deck, and spreader lights .
Oh the things I have done lets see…
I took a tour of st lucia, Dominica, and Guadeloupes rainforests, all just amazing with waterfalls in all of them. Sailing is so much fun, my stomach is getting very use to it, I dont even need to drug myself anymore :)!
We spent one week in St. Lucia where I met some very interesting people to party with, great fun! I had a day off so I found myself on a tour of the Rainforest with 6-7 perfect strangers. By the end of the day, I knew them all, walked, biked, and safari rode around in the rainforest, saw the most beautiful waterfall, and met some great, interesting, people from all over.
After the weather had been so yucky we decided to head north, so we started our longest sail and headed back to Martinique for a night. Day two started at sun up and we were off sailing all day ended in Dominica. The plan was to stay for a night, which turned to a week.Absolutly amazing place, so poor yet so happy. The people had nothing but spirit, with no money, and very few personal belongings, it was rejuvinating to see them so happy. We took a tour of the Rainforests there and saw a rainforest that topped all I have seen. We hiked the rainforest, saw so many herbs, fruits, and vegetables which the people of Dominica live on by eating, and for their medicines.
Departing from Dominica was another early morning and rough sailing but still a great adventure. We made it it Pan de Sucre a bay in Isle Des Saintes (french islands) early afternoon, and hung there for a week. So far my favorite place yet!
get up at about 8 feed henry breakfast, hang out on the boat or go for a heart stoping hilly walk to town with Mrs.Poynter and the kids. Have lunch on the boat, go for a snorkel/swim with Mrs. Poynter, read a book, get henry up, take the Dingy into the beach…two minutes away… have a drink hang by the beach, feed Henry dinner, read/watch a movie eat dinner, and head to bed.
Gotta love it 🙂
Every day is about the same we find something to do in the morning, we find something to explore in the afternoon, All I can say is, I am the luckest person on earth!!! Only way to make it better is have everyone I know and love to be experiencing it with me.
Thank you all for reading my blog I hope you all havent lost interest yet….we are only now in Guadeloupe…with much more ocean and island to cover.
miss you all
I am alive 🙂 we are sitting at the best anchorage in Isle des Saints….a fench island of Guadaloupe. I love it here, and hopefully we will have more internet access so that I can put up some pictues, since i have been to four islands, and three rainfalls with waterfalls…and man do i have the pictues to show for it.
love you, and miss you all!!!!!!