Back in Bonaire

We're back in Bonaire where we've received a warm welcome from the friends we made last year on this sweet island. Luis at Diver's Diner was one of the first we stopped in to see. His brother's talent as a chef provides for the best cuisine on the island. We're there a lot. Trust me, the food is fantastic!

Our friends at Dive Friends greeted us with open arms, too. This is one of the friendliest dive shops anywhere in the the Caribbean. We most likely will not be working on anymore certifications, but they fill our air tanks and offer us great advice and are a fun, knowledgeable group to chat with about all things diving, ecology, and reef business.

Bonaire is a lovely island, much less humid than where we sailed from. Speaking of sailing, our trip from Grenada was pretty much uneventful (there was one incident, but I'd rather not put that on a public website. Ask us later). We buddy boated with s/v Mad Romance and stuck together for our 54 hour motor/sail. Arriving in the morning light, grabbing a mooring ball, checking into Customs and Immigration: All a piece of cake. There are only 40 mooring balls here and anchoring is not allowed due to the protected marine park reef. Mooring balls cost a mere $10 a night, Bonaire doesn't charge any check in fees, and the groceries are affordable. We like it here and plan to stay through the holidays. We've been diving a lot, fixing a generator that decided to not only blow an impeller, but shear a bolt, and doing our typical boat chores with a bit more enthusiasm. Because Bonaire's climate is significantly less humid, I'm not chasing growing mildew masses. I've had more time to organize closets and rid ourselves of some of the clutter we've picked up along the way. Well, as they say in Dutch: Tot ziens (See you later)!

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    ken ingalls (Thursday, 02 June 2016 21:10)

    Jim...How are you doing? Reunion is coming up. Any chance you'll be there? Hope you are doing well and staying healthy. Take care.......................................... Ken

Another hurricane season has come to an end and we've left the main island of Grenada to hang out in Carriacou (an island north of Grenada, but still part of Grenada) until we check out and sail to Bonaire. We're spending our time here diving and working on a few projects to prepare Somewhere for the long leg to the ABC islands.

We watched each one of the vessels belonging to the good friends we have made depart St. George's Anchorage as the season to start sailing away from Grenada began. We were pretty much the last of our our tribe to pull anchor and head out. It was hard to say goodbye to the Saturday Market, Hashing, Friday Night Jazz, Sunday Fundays and our favorite beach, but it was time to move on to other adventures. It's not "Goodbye", but "When We Meet Again" as we say in this transient world of cruising around on boats.

After a lovely visit with my son in Grenada a trip to Colorado to see family and one last lunch on Grand Anse Beach, Jim and I had the chance to exercise the new sail and give the newly installed inner forestay a workout. All seems to be in working order except for a couple of glitches that Jim has fixed.

I have a zillion pictures from a grand summer with really good people, but sadly, our internet is awfully slow and my Mac Book Pro is acting up. So until next time...Happy Thanksgiving, cheers, and take care. Next post should be from Bonaire.