Trinidad ~ Katelyn

We arrived in Trinidad early morning after a nice, easy sail. We waited for Pura Vida to come in, so we could check in together. We checked in and then ate breakfast together at a cafe right next door. It was the first time in months that I had waffles. We had a quite day resting from the long passage. The next day we took it easy again.

IMG_8948Then, we invited Heyward and Katie to come with us to an abandoned leper colony. We got there at about 10:00 am and played on the paddle boards. We watched movies and did the gung gung swing. We had lots of fun. The next day we left and headed back. In two days Pura Vida was going to head back to the States so we invited them to come for dinner. While we were playing, Hayward fell through a hatch.

The next day, we did nothing except work. Pura Vida left the next day. We took out the port side air conditioner and fixed the salon one that day. We were going to haul out in a few days so we needed to be ready. We did lots of work and then hauled our boat out at Peake’s. It looked so weird when it was being lifted out of the water. We had decided to stay on the boat while it was on the hard and had an air conditioner installed, so we wouldn’t die. We had to walk a mile to go to the restroom. We worked for two weeks and picked mangos off the mango trees and roller skated. We were ready to head for the States.

After we got back from the States, Pura Vida was already back. We played with them at Peake’s and had lots of fun. We met a new kid, Keanu, and played with him too. The next few days we played and worked. Then, it was Katie’s birthday so we were going to celebrate at a restaurant. While Katie, Michael, and I were walking towards the restaurant alone, the masts and rigging started shaking. I thought it was a gust of wind until the ground started shaking too. We ran in the middle of the boatyard road with our hands over heads aware that an earthquake was happening. We watched as stilts that were holding boats up started to fall down. When we thought it was over, Katie and I started running, trying to find our parents. As we were running, the ground started shaking again, and we wiped out. When we were sure it was over, we got up and found our parents. My heart was racing, and I didn’t trust the earth anymore.  The restaurant that we were going to was damaged and had moved a whole inch forward. The side walk at Peake was cracked open. We decided to have dinner on Rondo. Katie and Heyward slept over that night.

We stayed in Trinidad just working, playing , eating, and sleeping. Then Pura Vida decided to leave. We had to wait for our freezer to be fixed, so we would be a few days behind them. Then, we finally fixed our freezer. We were also getting new anchor chain, and then we could leave. Michael and I were staying on our boat while Mom and Dad got the chain. While we were on the boat, a storm came. We heard a really loud clap of thunder and smelled smoke. We looked around and saw that a boat next to us had been struck by lightening. All of our instruments were fried. We waited two more weeks for parts and got our rigging replaced. Then we left Trinidad, finally after 4 months!

St. Vincent & the Grenadines ~ Katelyn

After we left St. Lucia with Britican, we headed toward St. Vincent. When we got there, five different people came rowing up to us on homemade kayaks. They helped us find a good place to anchor and then helped us check into the country. Two boys came by our boat and asked for food and fishing line. We gave them big candy bars and Cokes. They were pretty happy with those. We bought some delicious bread from another guy and passion fruit from another. We stayed there for the night and left for another anchorage the next day. We did a Med-mooring, which is where you drop your anchor and back up to shore to tie a rope around a tree on shore. We  were so close to Britican that all we had to do was jump in the water and we were there. We all swam and played catch. By catch, I mean the dads throw a ball in the air and the kids jump off the boat and try to catch it mid-air. We had dinner on Britican that night. The next day, we went to take a tour  of some waterfalls. We took two different vans. We saw nice views of the island on the way. While we were hiking, our guide told us about all different types of plants on the island. He even showed us one that was sensitive to the touch. If you touched it the leaves would close up. It was amazing. When we got to the waterfall, we swam in the freezing water. After a couple of days, we decided to leave St. Vincent. 

We headed toward Bequia, where there was supposed to be clear water. When we got there, we noticed other kids. We played with them and met other kid boats too. The next day, there were 8 kid boats in the area. All the kids got together on the beach and played infection, tag, monkey in the middle, Marco Polo, etc. We found a rock we could jump off of and then the parents had a BBQ on the beach. We all had a blast. Since their were two Siennas, we called the one from Britican “The Little Sausage.” We stayed in Bequia for a week playing with all the kid boats. 

After we left Bequia, we headed for Grenada. We stayed in Grenada for three nights while we played with kids. Then we left with Pura Vida to Trinidad and Tobago.

St. Lucia ~ Katelyn

When we arrived in St. Lucia around lunch time, we headed into Rodney Bay Marina.  We heard from Britican that there was a pool with lots of restaurants around it. All the kids swam in the pool. The adults went to go have drinks for a while, and then we decided to walk around town. We found a nice place to eat and got some cheeseburgers with dessert. The adults insisted on going to another bar, and we found one that was doing Karaoke. The kids did a few songs, and then we played on this big playground right next door. It was the first playground with a seesaw, merry-go-round, and more than three slides. We had an awesome time running around. 

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Sunset at Rodney Bay

The next day, Simon wanted to go to Marigot Bay. It was his birthday, so we did whatever he wanted. All the kids came on Rondo for the short trip. When we got back, I decided to make Simon cookies for his birthday. Katie Grace and Sienna wanted to help, so we made double chocolate chip cookies. When we were done, we headed into Marigo Bay Resort. Rodney Bay was supposed to have a nice pool, Marigo Bay was supposed to have an even nicer one. We all swam in the pool with the adults and played monkey in the middle. We enjoyed some milkshakes in celebration of Simon. Later that night, the adults went to go have dinner while the kids stayed on the boat. When the adults got back, we had cake and cookies and played twister on the trampoline. The twister game evolved into a pushing and throwing people in the water. Everyone but me and the moms got wet. 

The next day we stayed in Marigot Bay. We swam at the resort and got ice cream. We went to Rodney Bay after that. We saw an inflatable obstacle course like the one in St. Kitts. All the kids and my mom headed out to go do some obstacles. It was much bigger than the one in St. Kitts, so we had a lot more fun. The only thing we did not like, was that we had to wear life jackets. We did obstacles like the blob, rope wall, trampoline, swinging across, monkey bars, etc. We had a blast.

IMG_8666We stayed in Rodney Bay and Marigot back and forth just relaxing in the pools. We wanted something else to do, so we decided to climb the Petit Piton. Most locals said it was a hard hike that we needed a guide for, but do-able. Some locals said it was impossible and that only the best could do it. So, my dad asked a guy that worked on our boat to be our guide. He told my dad that it was a hard hike and that he did not think that I could do it. I didn’t really want to do it either, so Ansley said she would take me, Katie Grace, and Sienna to rent a car and go see the island. 

While we went to rent a car, the Piton group had an accident with Simon’s camera. His water bottle opened in his backpack and ruined his nice camera, so he was too upset to go. It was now only Michael, Heyward, Little Heyward, my mom, my dad, and our friend Douwe. The girls got a small car and headed toward the city. It was very crowded. We had Subway for lunch and then headed out for the waterfalls and hot springs of St. Lucia. The waterfalls were very nice, and the hot springs were fun to swim in. We also saw a botanical garden with tons of different types of plants that grow on the island. It was beautiful. 

On the way back, we stopped at a viewing point to look at the two pitons. One gradual grassy piton, and one tall, steep, rocky piton. Guess witch one they were climbing. On the way back we turned a corner and I’m not sure what happened, but the car fell sideways in a ditch. It was very sudden. Everyone was freaking out except for Ansley. We got out of the car ( which was kind of hard since it was sideways), and these very nice people offered to let us borrow their phone. We called the car rental place, and they picked us up and dropped us off at Marigot Bay.

We went out for dinner, and my mom dropped our credit card in between to planks of wood on the floor. We joked about how each family had bad luck that day, camera, car, and credit card. They also all started with a “c.” We stayed there a couple more days, and then we headed out with Britican to St. Vincent. Pura Vida had to stay behind to pick up someone and to finish settling the rental car accident.

Martinique ~ Katelyn

After we left Dominica, we headed towards our second French island, Martinique. After Guadeloupe, we were really craving more chocolate croissants, muffins, baguettes, and donuts. We could not wait for more sweets. 

When we got close to the harbor, at least one hundred dolphins greeted us. We had never seen so many dolphins in our lives. The dolphins, apparently, were very popular in Martinique. We even saw a video from our friends aboard Vela of dolphins doing flips. We did not see them flip, but we did see them jump super high in the air. Once we got into the bay, we had a hard time finding a place to anchor. We found a place and got settled while my dad went to go check the anchor. We anchored on sea grass, so we had to redo the anchor. We anchored right behind Pura Vida, and they checked our anchor for us. While getting ready to go snorkeling, we heard a rumor that a teenaged boy was in the anchorage.  Unfortunately, we didn’t know what boat he was on, so we went ahead and snorkeled. Katie Grace, Sienna, and I didn’t feel like snorkeling, so we stayed on Rondo with Ansley and my mom. We liked jumping off the front of the boat and swimming in between the two hulls, so we did that a lot. When the boys came back, we saw a dinghy that looked like there was a teen in it. We waved them over, and Michael and he jumped off the boat and swung on the gung gung swing. While they were there, we decided that we would all go out for dinner. The boys went out to go fishing before dinner. 

While in town, we thought it looked much spookier at night than during the day. There were some people dressed in black and wearing coats. We are in the Caribbean! Its never cold! When we found a restaurant, we got a big table and ordered our food. Michael was feeling exotic and got shark fin. The parents found a soda called loco cola and ordered it for all the kids. It was too late before they realized they got coca cola for everyone. We were all energized and crazy (especially Sienna who had never had coke before – she was super crazy). We had a fun night at the restaurant and then headed home for bed. 

Next day, we needed to stock up on groceries. We went into town with everyone and got chocolate croissants and donuts and juice ( no dessert for me that night), and then we went to look for a rental car place. It was taking forever, so the moms took us out for ice cream while the dads rented a car (YAY MORE SWEETS). Once the dads got the car, we headed out for the great mall of Martinique. We stopped by a marine store for us to get a new fishing net. Lucky for the kids, there were roller skates that you could try on. We all got a pair and roller skated around the shop. After spending an hour there, we were getting hungry ( the kids weren’t since we just had ice cream), so the adults let the kids pick where to go. The majority rules, so we went to McDonalds (at that point, I was about to cry so we could go somewhere else – I hate McDonalds).  While we were at “McDonalds,” I ate a happy meal – it tasted like plastic. I got cheap binoculars, so apparently, I got plastic toys and plastic food. Once we were done, we went to the mall to get groceries. The grocery store was the biggest I have ever seen in my life ( though a quarter of it was wine). They had tons of different food and anything you could possibly need. After we got all our stuff, we headed back towards the boat. It took a long time to get back because the traffic was unbelievable. We loaded all the stuff into the dinghy and went back for a rest night. The next day, we went to go get our breakfast in the bakery then headed out for St. Lucia.