Puerto Rico Day 1

Alrighty The sum up of five fun filled days in Puerto Rico
DAY 1
I made it to my plane at 4am thanks to a sweet guy…thank you Adam… I boarded the plane with a working cell phone but arrived in PR with a broken cell phone. Still not sure what happened to it. So there I was in San Juan with a broken phone, no US cash for a pay phone and no communication with my sister. My smart ass didnt tell her what I was flying and thanks to all the gin and tonics in Antigua I couldnt remember if I told her what time I was getting in. After finding a TYME machine, getting change from a store I did as any 22 year old would do,… I called mom. Thank goodness I did because Adriane though of the same thing. So my mother being a few thousand miles away in the freezing cold somehow brought us together. As I was wandering around the Airport I heard a voice I recognized, Age!
After Kara (Adrianes ol’ college roommate) just about rung my neck for taking so long, and meeting Kara’s travel buddy Trishia We were off. Our destination was Rincon, PR a few hour trip from San Juan…PR Is HUGE! In our 2-3 hour trip I think I managed to talk for most of it. It was so nice sitting next to Age telling her all my crazy adventure stories. Anywhoo history was in the making, I still dont know how we got to our destination with all the turn, loops, back roads we took but somehow we found ourselves in Rincon. Oh yeah we made one pit stop while trying to find a beach, kara and Trishia decided to go up to a house and ask for directions (age and I stuck in the car..neither of us speak a lick of Spanish) After almost getting eaten by vicious on its last leg Elvis the dog The nice people from New Jersey gave us directions we couldn’t use.
We made our way to a surfer stop/tree house thingy for some lunch, bad food, but good company. After lunch we made our way to our first “hotel”, im disclosing the name…mainly because I forgot it :). The coolest place I have ever stayed! Kara got us an amazing deal at this tree house rental home. The bedrooms were literally suspended in the trees with big metal cables. There was an absolutely beautiful main house with a living area, dinning area, kitchen, and two bedrooms. (ladies if any of you can describe it better…please email it to me and i’ll post it). The whole place was made from bamboo from this man who took over 20 years to build. There were toilets and showers outside, along with toads, frogs, a stray cat, and dog.
After exploring the coolest guest house ever, we decided to make our way to the beach. Age and I sat on rocks and I talked, while Kara and Trisha took a nap in the sand. They were awoken by an entire class huddled around them taking pictures and exploring the beach…so funny to watch!
Later that evening we decided to stay in for dinner where we had a Mrs. Poynter and my’s favorite Shrimp, coconut milk, and curry over pasta…. after dinner we decided to go for a little wiggle action. We made our way into Rincon to an all you can drink for $3 bar! Yeah thank goodness there are not a lot of those places or else I would get nothing done J. The music was riggatone ..a new kind of reagge/dance/hiphop/I don’t know what to call it. Whatever it was, it was GREAT dance music. Age wasn’t feeling so up to the dancing scene so we hung back and just watched. Oh my god is Kara hilarious, she has the best party face I have ever seen!
End of day one!….just day one!!

Holiday…ahhh

Well as some of you may know I took a little time away from the boat. Everything is still peachykeen but time away makes the heart grow fonder…or something like that :). Naw the Poynters niece jumped on board so they didn’t need me for the week…..
Anyway, I spent some time with my favorite Antigua/English/Australian friends for a few days. Alot of resting and laying on the beach…much needed time to relax. Thank you again Adam for taking me in and being my relaxer for those days. Even though I cant sleep past 7am I really needed the down time! Im sure ya already have dibs on the Virgin girls for Monday…but Im pretty darn sure you’ll see me again sometime soon….
Heather, you are the sweetest girl I have ever met THANK you sooo much for letting me follow you around for my time in Antigua!!!! We definetly have to meet up in New York/Boston this summer! I am looking forward to it already.
I also want to thank everyone else I met my second time around…forgive me if I forget someone…its been a long few days. Maria, your crazy but man are you fun, Ruth good luck in whatever may come your way…something definetly will. And Marie, thank you again for the EXCELLENT dinner, It was great having just a girls night. (sorry for mispelled names 🙂 ).
Leaving ya’ll definetly was not on my fun list, but hopefully I’ll float or fly by again soon.
Thank you…miss you…

Oh a tale or two to tell

We spent 10 days in Falamouth Harbor…and in those ten days I feel like I met a lifetime of friends. I cannot believe how many people there are in this world that I have not met, and will never get the chance to meet. I do miss everyone at home so much, but honestly I have so much to see and SOO many people to meet I am so glad I left.
Some short stories to tell. The first people I met on the island were the crew of Huntress, probably the best motor boat…or any boat…crew that I have ever met! Not one of them would I change, they were absolutly great people, I do hope I run into them again.
Heather the girl who cut my hair on our birthday ended up being not just my haircutter girl, but really a great friend. She was sweetest enough to invite me along in whatever she was doing during my stay there. I got to meet her boyfriend Gavin’s whole family from Ireland/Australia and spend a few nights chatting with them……GREAT family!! One of which nights we spent hanging out on the dock at the CAT club where I met Grahamn (scotland) and Michael (Hawaii//cali) who worked on another boat. The next day I went snorkeling in the coolest place with the two of them, Gavin’s brother-in-law from Australia, and Michael’s old captain from….I dont remember. We had so much fun, we saw a turtle, a huge lobster, and lots and lots of little fishies. The next night was Abracadabra’s (kick ass Italian resturaunt/disco club) birthday, so with Gavin’s family and Heather I tagged along to the most amazing meal I have ever had. Then was the party, such a fun party….needless to say I arrived home at 7:30am with no sleep and ready to work. With my days dwindiling I got to know a few people a bit more and then It was a bittersweet goodbye. But no worries…I would be back…..
We left the dock on Tuesday morning and headed to Green Island-Antigua. Oh my goodness, hands down it was the most beautiful place I have ever seen, the sand the small beaches, the water, my god the water! The first night there I slept like a baby curled up in a sleeping bag in the cockpit (outside on deck). I woke only twice once to see more stars in the sky than I ever knew exhisted, they stretched from one horizon to the next, not one spot in the sky was untouched by a star, absolutly amazing. The next waking was the pink, orange, purple, and yellow sunrise.
The next night was not so amazing, it was a very very windy rainy night and we had a bit of a scare. The anchor was in secure but still we did an anchor watch all night. Someone was up on deck throughout the whole night making sure it wouldnt let up. Nothing happened all night, and when Henry and I were up all alone at 8:30 the next morning eating breakfast I noticed us getting closer and closer to the reef. So I yelled down to the Poynters, within a minute they were both on deck and the engine was on. We moved to Nonsuchbay on Green Island and after anchoring a few times we were finally in. We stayed there for the day through the rain and sunshine. After having another reef scare the Poynters decided on a dime that we were headed back to Falamouth Harbor. So within five minutes we had the boat ready to sail and we were off. We had a very simple sail in the lee of the island and back to Falamouth for the night we were. Friday morning we headed to yet another anchorage that we were unable to stay in because of the Northerly swell…so we ended up in Jolly Harbor. Coming in was an amazing sight, the water was the color of what you would see in Pirates of the Caribbean. Beautiful place, but a scary motor in, what I have learned is—beautiful water means shallow, or reefy water. Not a sailboats best friend. Coming into Jolly Harbor we hit sand! Mr. Poynter warned us we may, so we were at ease a bit…but still very scary to actually feel ground under the keel.
Well thats about it for now, I am headed tommrow to stay with Heather for a few days and then its off to meet Age in San Juan where I am to take a much needed vacation.
Katie/kathryn signing out for now…until I write again. I love all you I know, and I cant wait to meet all you I have not had the pleasure of yet.

SPEECHLESS

I really dont know what to say, all I can think of is what am I doing away from the greatest people in the world. I went out last night with a girl from England who’s birthday it was yesterday also, we went out to dinner with all of her coworkers from all over the world. I met up and partied with a bunch of people from South Africa and went for a night cap on their 190 foot yacht (the crew)Tonight was a bit low key, but I think this is the best birthday I have ever had. I am sitting in the cockpit with the boom light shining, watching these video’s in Antigua yacht club harbor with so many tears in my eyes I can barely see the screen. My god. Thank you all.

For all of those whom were not involved…this is what I am talking about, please check it out and see what having the best friends in the world is like.
http://bday.katiestravels.us/5.5/index.php