Shortly after our arrival in the VIs a couple things happened that sort of changed the tone of our trip: We listed Tangent for sale and then accidentally killed our camera. Things immediately became more businesslike and connected to the reality of land life. Suddenly we "needed" wifi everywhere we went. We always knew the trip would be finite. Two to two and a half years was the plan depending on where we ended up going. Taking steps toward that end wasn't a sudden decision, but managing all the things associated with it dominated every single conversation and decision. So our visit to the VIs was really great and fun in a lot of ways. We really, really love it there. It's easy to love! But the undercurrent of winding things up made us always so darn confused and serious. Ew. And then our camera died so from a photographic standpoint the cruise ended here!
|We arrived in the BVIs in the late afternoon and dropped the hook at Prickly Pear Island. We had the place to ourselves so tore up the anchorage on our new toys: tow rope and knee board! Andy gave a quick lesson and Cubby got up and going right away.
|Then Drew had a turn. What a blast! What a great purchase!
|Trying to get outside the wake. Over a couple days they were doing 360s and jumping the wakes. So fun. We wiped them out so we could leave them on the boat while we went ashore and used the wifi at the Bitter End Yacht Club to take care of business.
|Giddyap! Cubby was lost in imaginary horsey world galloping through the woods and over jumps.
|Icky weather rolling in as we relocated to hide out in St. John in the USVIs.
|The kids paddled ashore to check out some ruins.
|I love when they pack their own bags full of supplies and head off. We're so used to doing everything together and so often in unfamiliar places that it's not always easy to be independent.
|Another shot of the ruins.
|St. John is so great. Even if it's not swimming weather you can hike and explore right from the beach.
|A view of the mooring field. In the National Park you have to take a mooring ball.
|A humid hike up the trail.
|Once we start paying close attention we notice all kinds of creatures.
|Bees at work.
|Lots of these creepy crawlies were everywhere!
|A pretty view partway up the trail. If we had realized this was the only view I think we would have stopped here.
|Because the trail ended here. On a road. Yay.
|What happens when I ask Drew to get some food out from under his bed. He screams for help and I take his picture.
|Another view. Maybe it's for the best that the camera died!
|This was on the trail to the petroglyphs. Cubby and I turned back after this because Cubby wasn't feeling well. She got to swim at the beach instead.
|But Andy and Drew got to the end and really enjoyed it.
|I took Andy lobstering in the dinghy and came back to find that Drew had made lunch, the kids had tidied up, and Cubby was doing dishes. I nearly fainted.
|On a snorkel from the beach Drew spotted what he thought was a stone crab. Andy snared it, we took one claw and threw the guy back. Then we discovered it was a coral crab.
|But we steamed and ate that one claw. Delish but doesn't go very far!
|Chicken family hanging out in Cruz Bay. They all have names now.
|At the National Park Visitors Center. Drew pointing to where we're moored.
|There are feral donkeys on St. John and we came across this tiny fuzzhead.
We returned to Anegada so Andy could kiteboard again. There are a few places we visited that are popular with kiteboarders and it gets crowded. But then there are other places that are virtually deserted. The Anegada Beach Club is one of them. I hope for their sake they get more business but it sure is nice having these places pretty much to ourselves. If you're looking to totally check out I highly recommend booking one of their tent cabin thingys on the beach. I only wish we had some pictures of it!
|While Andy got ready the kids and I played in the pool and this is the last moment captured before our underwater (all-purpose, go-to, favoritest, much loved) camera flooded. Wah!
|Drew brought his camera with him and managed to get a few shots of Andy on the go.
|But then he got distracted.
|Using the zoom lens.
|Having some lunch.
|Playing giant Jenga.
|Relaxing in the hammock.
|Anegada is known for its lobsters. The local population is small and there aren't a ton of visitors so there are lots of lobsters. Ready to book your room yet?
|Back in St. John. This floaty drifted past our boat so we put it to good use.
|Spider crab. Gross to cook, great for making dip.
|We took a trail to the north shore and made a little memory scene. Aw.