Aug 2017

Nikon trouble

I took lots of pictures last night on my small Nikon for Fancy Mas, but I can't get them off the camera. I've plugged it directly into the computer and nothing - I pull the memory card, put it in a reader and plugged it into the computer and nothing. I think I'll try the PC and see if it can see the storage. Nope no luck on the PC either. Guess the camera is bad or improperly formatting the memory card. Ugh, it is such a nice little camera. Guess I'll have to use the Big Nikon or cellphone/tablet in the future.
All the same, I had a great time with boat neighbors at Fancy Mas. We picked up the taxi from Secret Harbor at 4:30 and went to Port Louis. From there we walked into town and had drinks, then back down the road for some street food. I did the grilled hog fish with hot sauce (plus a few beers). All along the streets and side walks you could see paint and sand on the road. The paint is from the pervious 4:00AM party and the sand is spread to compensate for all the oil and grease on the street from that party.
The first parade group passed us 1 block from the Tropicana at about 9PM. The second parade group (a large one, about 2K people with light sabers and flashing hats) passed by us at about 10:20PM. There were 7 more groups and looking down the road of the Carnage all you could see was lights as parade groups were coming down the street. We left at 11PM to get home. So I only saw 2 of the 9 "crews" pass. But I think everyone on the island was on the Carnage last night.
I drank too much - not hung over, but moving slow today.
Sorry no pictures.

Chillin' in Grenada

This is a great place to chill out. I went to the Brewery on Tuesday night and had their porter (more than one) and listened to music until 11PM. I'm planning on going to Nimrod's tonight for beer and music (more of the same thing). On Saturday they have a Hash out in Greenville, so I'm hoping to make my first Grenada Hash this weekend (I have to find my Asolo hiking boots). Carnival is in full swing with the highlights on Sun, Mon, and Tues. I'm trying to figure out if I can make Jouvey on Monday at about 2AM. I hear it is a blast! I'll have to bring my small camera and take some pictures.
Otherwise, I'm Chillin' in Grenada… What a great place to chill!
The first picture below was taken on the Atlantic crossing on the outside from Hampton VA to the US VI (about 1600 miles). This is serious "CY" as squalls are approaching us with 16ft waves and near gale force winds just as the sun is beginning to set. Then next day we had gale force winds for most of the day with Wolfe and Buck at the helm (sorry no picture of that).
The second picture is Cy and Carrol kicking back with Otto steering the boat in fair weather just after sunrise on Nov 12, 2016 about 3 days from our destination in the USVI.

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Week before Carnival here in Grenada

The party season is in full swing here. Taffy's had music blasting from Sunday afternoon until Monday mid-day. They did turn it down a bit after the 4AM thunderstorm hit. I did the brewery last night and I may do Nimrod's tonight. I Replaced the kill switch on the dink and did some heavy shopping yesterday since most of the stores will be closed for a very long weekend holiday. Laundry, laundry, laundry today since should be a bit dryer (87% humid). It rained from Sunday night through Tuesday morning as another tropic wave passed over us.
I need to bring a camera to Clarks Court Marina to take a picture of a Cat that broke a mooring and ended up on a reef. It is horrible, the entire port side hull bottom is missing. I'm not sure how they will repair the 50ft Cat.
It looks like we are going to dodge the next TS, it is heading northwest.

Where next? The debate begins

Where do I go next? I could stay in the Caribbean for another year, just sail north and then back south for the next hurricane season. Or I could go down the coast of SA and spend a lot of time in Brazil and then make it to Uruguay, Argentina and then cross the Straits to Chile. That would have to be done by Christmas and that trip will be over 3,600 miles. Hum, I have to think about this. I could also hang out here and then cross the Panama Canal next year. Or I could hang out until May and then go to Europe. I'm not sure yet which way I will go. Ah life as a retired person, with no specific destination!

The almost TS that hit us was stronger than all the other TS's

On Thursday a Tropical Wave hit us with stronger winds than Brett or Don had. For 30+minutes we had 32 to 35kts of wind steady from the south. Just after it passed us NOAA put a yellow X on the spot and said it would be going to the bay of Campeche. Good luck guys. It was a strong wave when it hit us.
We are waiting on the next one that is heading this way. Right now it should head north of us.

Had to start doing work on the boat again

The vacation is over, so now in the morning I have to do boat things. I don't like that but it has to be done. Today I sent off mail, filled the gasoline tanks, charged the bats and pulled up our old dink and deflated her. I still have to roll her up and store her. I have to modify the freezer plates (the humidity is so high here that they frost over quickly). I went for lunch today but the place was closed, they lost power. I hope they aren't closed on Saturday cause that is steak and fries day!

Lazy Rain Day

It rained most of the night and all of the day today. A TW passed over us just before noon with winds above 30kts for about 30 minutes. The winds kicked to the south and the fetch build up in the bay for a couple hours. This TW is now a possible TS that will cross into the Bay of Campeche. They are saying we have a 90% chance of rain on Friday (so yes it will rain a lot). I did pick up a couple of books, so if it does rain all day, I'm set to read and nap. Carnival starts at next weekend, there are a few events starting now… This should be fun.

Pizza tonight at Whisper Cove

Going to Whisper Cove for pizza. Yum, I need a salty meaty pizza. I'm looking forward to this. I may not be as good as the wood fired ovens at Spice Island, but yum, I need some salty pizza!!!!
Cinco is back in the life vest of pride, I caught him licking the hot spot… It is cooler today, rain most of the night and day so temps only in the 80's. We will be going to the beach in a few minutes, no swimming as we did that yesterday, just a walk for the pups.
I picked up limes today for key lime pie and a couple small tomatoes for a future burger or taco night. The tomatoes need to ripen a few days. Paw Paws are starting to show up in the market as well as bread fruit. Yum, this should be a good eating month in Grenada.

Shopping day, beach day, swim day, puppy jambalaya day, but no Brew Pub :(

It rained hard most of the night and for several hours this morning. The Dink was knee deep filled with water. And after I pumped it out and made it to Whisper Cover for the shopping bus, the sky opened again and dumped another 4 inches or more of rain. And when I got back from shopping I had to pump out the dink again from the morning rain. It did clear up as the tropical wave passed us. The dogs and I had time on the beach and lots of swimming and playing with other dogs. I also had to cook up a fresh batch of puppy food (part of shopping day is to get chicken and peas). I decided to pass on the Brew Pub tonight cause by the time I was done unloading, cooking and cleaning it was almost 4PM and I still had to take the pups out and refill the fuel tank (the bus leaves at 5:15 from Clarks Court Marina). Maybe next week I'll be at the Brew Pub.