The BVI’s (British Virgin Islands) ~ Katelyn

We left St.John after my grandma left and headed over to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. We dinghied to a bar called Soggy Dollar where our friend ,Sam, had a birthday. We stayed there for the day and found an octopus in the water under a rock. We left that evening and headed over to Foxy’s, which is a restaurant. We stayed there and danced on the dance floor for Sam’s birthday. We left for the Indians the next day. 

At the Indians, we snorkeled around. The rock structure was amazing! Unfortunately, there weren’t many fish to see. After an hour at the Indians we left for Norman Cay. The next morning we went to some underwater caves in Norman. They were awesome! One cave was really dark so we needed a flash light. We left to Long Bay and stayed there for three days doing basically nothing. After that we left for Leverick Bay. 

We went to dinner at a place called Hog’s Heaven. The BBQ was so good! It had a very good view from way up in the mountains. We left the next morning for the south end of Virgin Gorda. There, we took a hike through the boulders. We jumped off one boulder that was difficult to get climb. After that, we went back to Leverick Bay and just hung out there for two days swimming with our friends. 

After Leverick, we went to Cooper Island and played on our mat and at the beach. We ate dinner with our friends and came up with funny radio names to call each other. Our name was “Princess Fluffy.” Pura Vida’s name was “Who Farted,” and Britican was “Sausage Time.” We still use those radio names.

After Cooper, we went back to Norman and snorkeled in the caves again. The next day, we went back to Jost and celebrated Mikey’s 13 birthday. We went out to eat and came back to our boat for cake. The next day, “Who Farted” left to Saint John, and we stayed in Jost for three days before going to Trellis Bay for the full moon party. It was fun, and they had people performing on stilts. Also there was a very drunk local setting giant metal balls filled with wood on fire.

 

After the full moon party, we went to Cane Garden Bay.  In Cane Garden we snorkeled around the minnows. They were so cool. They would surround you by the millions. We also snorkeled over to a reef and saw: a school of squid, a garden eel, a jelly thingie (we looked it up and it is a kind of reef plant, but I can’t remember the name), and a giant puffer fish. We stayed there and celebrated Sienna’s (Sausage Time’s kid) birthday. We stayed in Cane Garden a few more days then left with Pura Vida to Leverick bay. We had a bonfire on the beach and caught a giant crab. We stayed there a few more days then found a weather window to cross the  Anagada Passage. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!! T

St Thomas and St John ~ Michael

This week we had a guest. We arrived in St Thomas a few days before we had to pick her up, so we went to Christmas Cove. This was one of our favorite places from our charter trip last year.  Last time we saw everything there (all kinds of spectacular marine life). This time we tried to see everything, but it was a little less lively. We met up with all of our friends again, only to leave to pick up Mamoo (our really nice grandma). We picked her up along with the stuff she brought for us (if you want to visit our boat, you will have to take along a few parts for us).

The next few anchorages were filled with big, edible fish and lobster that were teasing me for not being able to get them (because we were in a marine park and were not allowed to fish). We saw sea turtles who didn’t mind if we swam right up to them.  We went on a few hikes around Saint John.

We stoped at a small anchorage to rest from sailing because we did not want to sail all day. My sister and I got the swing out, and as we took the shackle off the life line, it fell in the water. Dad and I had to dive for it the next day.  Luckily, we were able to find the shackle. The next morning we left for Honeymoon Beach. This place was better known for the town than the water. The town had multiple restaurants that we visited. One of the bars had swings hanging from the roof. They also had the best food in town for its price. We also got ice cream. The next day Mamoo had to go, so we went to the ferry and dropped off Mamoo.

Then we got the best empanada in the world. The End  ( :

Salinas to Culebra, PR ~ Katelyn

IMG_7707After Isla Caja De Muertos we went to Salinas. In Salinas, we met up with some of our friends from Corpus who were in Puerto Rico at the time. We played on the wrestling mat and on our swing, and we ate a lot of candy. They stayed for about five hours and then headed back to their place. We stayed one more day in Salinas, but we couldn’t stand the loud music the locals played, so we left.

We went to Green Beach in Vieques and paddle boarded around while Michael and Dad speared fish. The boys came back later with a hogfish. The next day Michael and Mom went spear fishing and came back with a small snapper. We left the next day for Bio Bay. We tried to anchor outside Bio Bay but it was too rough and there was reef all around us, so we decided to go to a different anchorage. We went to a nice place with a sandy beach for the night. Mikey, Mom, and Dad went ashore and walked around for a bit. We left the next day for a good snorkeling spot, but it was way too rough, so we decided to go to Culebra.

We left to Culebra and anchored close to town. We went into town to check it out, and ended up buying a spear gun and some souvenirs. We ate dinner at a place called Mama Cita’s and there were so many tarpon. The next day we left to Tamarind on the western side of Culebra. We met up with some people and snorkeled. Then, everyone came on our boat for a while. We left the next morning for Culabrita. In Culabrita, it was really hectic, and there was a lot of boats so we decided to head back to Culebra. We grabbed a mooring ball and went to a sandbar to swim and hang out. We came back to the boat and some people came over for a little bit and talked. We left the next day for St. Thomas.

Puerto Rico ~ Michael

I haven’t typed a blog in a while. I was too busy catching white marlin and dolphin fish
(literally this time).

We arrived in Puerto Real at night (on the West Coast of Puerto Rico). We anchored outside the marina and then went in the marina in the morning. The marina had a boat’s electric store, a dive store, and a fishing store. After making a few skirt lures, I decided to sell lures. I made pink, blue, green, and purple. I immediately sold 6.

Then, I was going to make a lure with can tops and then decided to use it as money for kids. It started to get serious and all the kids started their own businesses. My dad saw the potential and started to make the kids do chores for him (he has his own kid mafia) for payment in can tops. We called our new currency “doops.” Later, we found out that “dupe” means to trick someone.

We left the boat at the marina and went to Old San Juan for a night, explored the forts, and restocked on fishing stuff at West Marine.

When we got back to the boat, we went to the next harbor in Puerto Rico which was Boqueron. We did absolutely nothing there, so I guess I am done with this paragraph.

The next harbor was Ponce, and it was very industrial. We went into town and stocked up on provisions and ate out.

We left Ponce and went to Isla Caja De Muertos, also known as “Coffin Island.” It had a light house and a hike there. We took the hike and half way there was a pile of cactus. There were places where there were no thorns so it was possible to carefully climb over. Seven cactus piles later, we gave up with only thee thorns stuck in us. We tried going another way that was more brushy but less cactus. Once dad navigated to the top of the hill, he found out the light house was off limits. That day we snorkeled at a cool place with awesome coral. It was amazing.

We decided to clean the boat hull, and a huge sucker fish ate the algae we scraped off the boat. Once we got out of the water, we had isopods attached to us and skeleton shrimp in our hair.

So far, Puerto Rico has not been my favorite place.