Explain my absence?
Some not so nice people said some not so nice things in the comment section of my blog. Be nice, people. There are other places you can be nasty on line and not pick on a middle aged woman just trying to document her travels.
Honestly explain my neglect?
A combination of laziness, lack of creativity, and not wanting to deal with trolls, stalkers and weirdos who think that it's okay to suggest that her husband throw her overboard.
We're back in Grenada. This is where we have s/v Somewhere's yearly maintenance completed. This year, she received a new generator which is a big deal. Jim had started the process when the generator started spitting oil several months ago. The generator is a big deal. It keeps our systems running: water maker, AC, batteries charged etc. Making a huge purchase in a foreign country is also a big deal. We arranged a broker, wire transfer, proof we weren't laundering money, and made sure we were in Grenada to receive shipment on time. It actually all went well, but Jim was on top of the paperwork, emails, phone calls and details. Being in St. Croix (when we started the process) where our US phones work without dependency upon internet was extremely advantageous.
The installation went swimmingly despite my apprehensions. Spice Island Marine was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in the entire process.
Of course, bottom paint and all the other odds and ends like a cutlass bearing, waxing, change of thru hulls, repair of canvas, rigging inspection, and all that went well. We were back in the water after 10 days.
It's never, "All Work and No Play" in Grenada. We have friends here and people dropping by. Despite a mosquito spread illness and a cold-YES a COLD (You'd think that after a zillion years as a teacher I'd be immune , but I've been knocked off my butt by a tropical cold), we've been enjoying Sunday Fundays on the beach with our friends, Brad and Karen. Grand Anse Beach in Grenada is a place that every beach lover should have on their bucket list. It's absolutely stunning. We took an island tour with our Grenadian pals, Laurel, Matthew, and Laurel's daughter, and a lion fish hunt/dive with Evelyn's crew at Scuba Tech.
Karen, Brad, and Jim made my birthday extra special with a trip to the spa and a wonderful day at The Aquarium-a not to miss restaurant/beach spot on this beautiful island.
We were treated with surprise visits from our friend Lisa and our buddy Mike. Both were on deliveries of separate boats moving south for hurricane season. Chocolate, visits to the market in St. George's, watching the incredible sunsets from the beautiful University Club all make our stay in Grenada so wonderful. Feeding mangoes to the wild monkeys in the rainforest was the icing on the cake. We're enjoying our time here and probably will stay through Carnival/Spice Mas.
Yeah, we know. We told family and friends that we'd be gone two years when we set out in June of 2013. We didn't know how much we'd need to see, do, experience in the Caribbean. We're sorry, not sorry. We've seen best of friends go through the Panama Canal and venture further, or return to their homes for their children to finish school or to make some cash to get their asses back on the water. It's hard to explain why this life, which isn't always easy and is so dependent upon the weather, is so addictive. It just is. Honestly, I couldn't do it without frequent trips back to the States. But this is our life and it's where we're at. Embracing everyday, grateful for internet and airplanes that connect me with "home", and living life.
As for the Cat Crew, they are all doing great! Still feisty and happy being adventure kitties. Annabelle continues to rule the boat from her watch area at the nav station. Buddy and Mia are getting along better, but it all depends upon the mood of Annabelle. She calls the shots.