Grenada: June 9-21, 2011

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PassageMaker Article

We have just received news that the July/August issue of PassageMaker is out.  In the issue can be found our article on our month-long passage last summer through the Venezuelan offshore islands.  I submitted just under 40 photos with the manuscript; I bet they felt like they were attempting to drink from a fire hydrant!  Here is one that was not chosen to be printed:

At anchor at Cayo de Agua, Roques

More on Hog Island

It is not surprising that things don't change much in the Hog Island anchorage.  Cruisers come and go, so the density varies a bit, but in general the scene is as protected and peaceful as always.  Several cats still bring tourists from St. George around to the island for a brief stop that includes lunch.  Roger still hosts his Sunday barbeque.  What is different is the high percentage of vessels that have been parked in the anchorage and then left unoccupied; at least half the boats currently have absentee owners.

Hitching a ride in to Hog Island

Reunion with Old Cruising Buddies

Hunter and Devi (Arctic Tern) and Steve and Ann (Receta) are back "home" in Hog Island, although as this is written Ann has flown to New Jersey for a brief visit with her dad.  The Terns and I have resumed our morning habit of local walks.

Ann, Steve, Barb, Hunter and Devi on TT2's cockpit.

Receta arriving in Hog Island

Dwight and Stevie

Dwight and Stevie continue to stop by on their way back from a day of fishing.  They enjoy helping us try to catch small snapper from our boat and provide appropriate bait even as we provide drinks and snacks.  Dwight had a bad tooth and so they missed a few days while that was getting sorted out.  They have two boats; while one is being repaired they use the other.  Hunter, Steve and I all accompanied them back to their dock late yesterday afternoon to help drag ashore and overturn one of their boats that had sprung a small leak.  The boat's name has become "crap", not by design but by accident.  It used to be called "Rake and Scrape", but when most of the letters eroded away, what remained was "crap".

On our way to drag "crap" ashore

Oops! I think that catch may be too small

Picture taken in 2009

Hash House Harriers

The Grenada chapter of Hash House Harriers has become even more active in our absence.  They now hash three weekends a month, and on the fourth they meet at a rum shop.  On June 18 there was a themed hash at La Sagess; all were encouraged to wear pirate costumes.  Barb captured the following images:

Party-poopers Chuck, Devi and Hunter couldn't be bothered with costumes

Whisper Cove

We have seen Whisper Cove managed/owned(?) by three different couples since we started coming to Grenada; all were French.  The current set is doing a great job.  A workshop has been added.  The butcher shop that was just being born when we were last here is now up and running.  Dinners continue to be great, but now the lunch menu has been greatly expanded, with specials at least a couple of times a week.  Today, for example, Barb and I went over for a delicious lunch: osso buco.  For lunch!  The degree of initiative shown by the current couple is perhaps demonstrated by the device that is used to communicate between the kitchen and the area behind the bar:  a voice pipe constructed of PVC pipe.

Using the voice pipe

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