Lee adjusts the sails for a reach to West End. While
there we fill the airtanks and have lunch. Then it is off to Jost Van Dyke to anchor,
have a balloon fight with the Great Escape and relax a while. The Big Easy's Orin, is
pictured here talking to Foxy.....we had dinner that
evening at Foxy's. On the left (port) side of the photo are
Lee, Jay and Tanya (end of table) and on the right side are Joyce (front), Mel (me)
The following day we headed to Sandy Cay, Cane Garden Bay, and on to Marina Cay
for the evening. Lynne took this nifty photo of the
US Flag shown through the Bimini....that ole gal looks great
anytime! (ole gal refers to the Flag, not Lynne). We had a great time at Sandy Cay.
The Wandering Eye, our boat, peacefully at anchor.
Several shots of Sandy Cay:
Sandy Cay #1, Sandy Cay #2,
and Sandy Cay #3. Sandy Cay #3 shows a closer shot of a path
leading to the North side of the island...take that path and snorkel around the eastern
side of the island. The current will take you back toward the anchorage. This is a
photo of some coral...Jay took this photo of
Lynne and I snorkeling.....that guy can dive like a fish!!
Well, off we go to Marina Cay....neat place where we spent the evening, had a great
dinner, replenished the water and ice and did our third dive the following morning.
Here is a photo of Marina Cay in the distance.
Lynne is all smiles....must have had a good evening. (grin)
Photo of Wandering Eye at the dock....water, ice,
and a little chart work before we
head to George Dog for a dive. Ok gang....just one more photo
before we cast off. This is the only photo that
we have while SCUBA diving. That's Jay in front and me not far behind!
Thanks to Karen for the photo. I think that it was taken on a dive at George Dog. This
dive site is a must see!
Now, to Virgin Gorda sound, entering from the west....to spend two nights at the Bitter
End. A tropical wave is scheduled to bring some rain etc. for the next 24-48 hours.
It rained a little, but was "no problem, mon" for this crew! We get underway and
Lynne and I relax. This is a photo of the Bitter End from the
harbor and a close up of the Bitter End
Now....let's hear a drum roll........here is a photo of the
Western Carolina Sailing
Club Burgee over the (where else) bar! Tadaaaaaaa! It is the blue burgee, just
to the right of center.
We kicked back a little and enjoyed Virgin Gorda. A few of us did another SCUBA dive (#3)
near Mountain Point...others went shopping, hiking, etc. Nice place to spend a little more
time (as well as let the tropical wave pass). Here's a couple of
photos on the boat.
I guess we need another drum roll.....on Monday morning at precisely 8:00am, I exited
the salon, looked over Gorda Sound and saw...you guessed it....
another rainbow. Yikes....isn't that how Monday's are
supposed to start off!!
Time to head back around the islands. We'll head down Virgin Gorda to the Baths. Of
course, we got a little rain. The ladies enjoyed staying
below, while us crazy guys stayed in the rain.
I know! I know! These women *always* outsmart us guys...they just enjoy letting us
think that we are smart.
Our next stop is the Baths at the SW end of Virgin Gorda. These huge granite
boulders, stacked so precariously, are not indigenous to the area. Wonder how such
massive pieces of rock got there??
Beautiful pool (Devil's Bay) at the "end" of the trail.
Now....onward to Cooper Island where we will spend the night and do our 4th
SCUBA dive. One thing that I
failed to mention....The Big Easy experienced transmission trouble and was out of
commission for a couple of days. They rejoined the group at Cooper Island Beach Club.
Now that all of the group was together, we really told some lies!
Table One and Table Two really
enjoyed themselves. Don't use the restroom.....view this, if you have the
sunset from Cooper Island was super!
One more day and night......it was time for the 5th and final dive of the trip which
was the "Wreck of the Rhone." Then we simply sailed aimlessly and enjoyed the remainder
of the day....until.....until....no, no, no...the last night and *I*.....*moi*
have KP (clean the galley!) I tried to stay busy after each meal...you know.
..out of sight, out of mind...drat they are on to me....there's
gotta be some way to get out of this. OK, Lee....if I'm going down...you are going
with me... Caught..(Lee on left, Mel on right).....drat again, the
women got me again!
Final Day....Got to get the boat back by noon......let's see...
gotta really time this one well...
where are the charts....Jay....chart and GPS at hand.....
We reached the dock at the Moorings at 11:45 am....where could we have gone wrong.
(Hahahahahaha!!!!) I could really get into this lifestyle...it's just that uh...money thing.
Oh, what a short week. It was great....we had a blast. Here we are
for our final group photo on the boat...
with the WCSC burgee, of course! Now Lynne and I are on our
way back to reality....what a bummer.....
That was a super vacation.....not as exciting as 1996....well, have you heard about
our date with Hurricane Bertha! Isn't life full of ......surprises.
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