Layers of Cascades foothills with Mount Baker off in the distance, center.Mount Rainier flyby as seen through a window waaaay over on the other side of the plane. And from my window a few minutes later. Looking up through a glass sidewalk in Pioneer Square from the Seattle Underground.
We ended up sleeping on the boat in our slip last night. Lori, Marty & Sue, and Joe did the same. Sunday morning we all hung around and visited. In the afternoon, Monte and I went out on Marty & Sue’s boat and went for a great sail up past Windy Point and back. The winds were sporting! Here’s a shot from that trip.
I took this shot from the back of the boat, as the sun was setting last night.
Today was one of our first days on the lake this year! Usually we’ve been tearing it up for several months already. But life has keps us both busy. Julie and Ryan joined us for the day. We were excited to see Marty and Sue and their beautiful new boat!
We both went out for a sail in light winds. It was nice to be out there – a beautiful sunny day.
Back at the marina, we enjoyed watching the setting sun together. The lake is at 683.66, several feet over full. The water is flooding parts of the parking lot at the marina. A site we have not seen for 6 years or more. The flood gates on the dam will be opened on Monday to lower Lake Travis a bit, as more rain is expected next week. I have not forgotten the feeling that many years of drought brought, but to see the lake brimming is truly a sight to see.
Sheila365 has been rather quiet lately, as I’ve had many irons in the fire. But I’m making up for it with this long post. For the past week and half, I’ve been enjoying our latest sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands. Before that, I was busy just getting ready to leave.
This year, Colleen and Lee joined Monte and I on a 40′ Beneteau called Forever Young. Also on the trip were Kurt, Ken, Kevin and Greg on the guys’ boat, Ada, a 43′ Beneteau. This is our fourth trip to the BVI, each time coming back to charter from ProValor Charters, well-run by Jim Gulczynski & Cecilia Donegan.
We all flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico and met up. The next morning we headed to Tortola and the boat fun began.
Our island hopping route, more or less:
Our boat, Forever Young, is on the right in this shot, and the guys’ boat, Ada, is on the left. This shot is from Little Harbour on Jost Van Dyke.
I brought my new big-girl camera, equipped with polarizing filters for the lenses. I was excited to try it out. It seems to have worked, the blues and greens in some of these shots are nearly as amazing as the real thing. I took way too many pictures to upload here, but here are a mess of my favorite shots.
Day 1: Fat Hogs Bay, Tortola
So it begins….
Day 2: Tortola – Indians – Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke
The BVI Spring Regatta was underway the first few days we were there. We had front row seats.
One of the races literally sailed through the mooring ball field at The Indians just off our stern. We we had stopped there to snorkel for the afternoon.
We sailed to Jost:
We caught a ball for the night in Little Harbour. This is a shot looking towards Tortola. Lobster at Abe’s for dinner!
Day 3: Little Harbour – White Bay – Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
We sailed into White Bay, and snorkeled the reef. While we were doing that, a 40′ cat hit the reef just a few feet away from us, leaving bits of its hull floating to shore (!)
After some painkillers at Soggy Dollar bar, we headed to Great Harbour for the night.
12’s representing at Foxy’s:
Day 4: Jost – Key Bay, Peter Island
We sailed to Peter Island to a bay that we had anchored in overnight 2 trips ago. The weather permitted us to do it again this trip. We had the place to ourselves.
This is a shot looking east from Key Bay, Key Cay to the right, more of Peter Island in the background.
Glorious sunsets. St John USVI in the background of this shot:
And yet another:
Goodnight, Forever Young:
I saw the Southern Cross constellation overnight. It was due south from us, just above Norman Island – I didn’t get a photo, but my SkyGuide app image will give you an idea of what I saw:
Day 5: Peter Island – Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda
We enjoyed a long sail up to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, and caught a ball in Leverick Bay. Our refrigerator had died on us, so we had to toss some of our provisions. But the repair guy was quickly on the boat and had us back in business in very short order.
We went ashore to Kurt’s friend’s villa overlooking Leverick Bay for dinner. The food and the views were divine.
A shot on the way to Virgin Gorda:
On a mooring ball in Leverick Bay, looking out through the Mosquito cut at a clipper sailing by:
Views from the villa:
Day 6: Leverick – The Baths – Cooper Island
Heading out of North Sound, Ada is right behind us; Leverick Bay is in the background:
Going by Mosquito Point:
Rain in the distance outside North Sound:
We got a ball at The Baths and dinghied ashore. It was as beautiful as ever, but we encountered just way too many people inside along the trail (with tour guides) – more than I have ever seen before.
Then we motored on over to Cooper for the night. Ada had kindly saved us a ball. We went snorkeling at Cistern point:
Painkillers, bougainvilla and critters ashore at Cooper Island Beach Club:
And, the unbeatable sunset views looking out over Tortola:
Day 7: Cooper – Fat Hogs – The Caves – The Bight, Norman Island
We sailed on the outside of Norman to The Caves for a snorkel, then caught a ball in The Bight on Norman Island for the night. Dinner ashore at the Pirate’s Bight.
Somewhere in the Atlantic:
The Indians and Pelican Island from the Bight:
In the Bight for the night, Treasure point to the right:
Day 8: Norman – Sandy Cay – Diamond Cay & Little Jost Van Dyke
We sailed to Sandy Cay for lunch and a trip ashore. We anchored first, and then saw that they now have mooring balls – they didn’t the last time we were here.
Then we got the next to last ball in front of Foxy’s Taboo at Diamond Cay. Little Jost was just to our port:
I caught a rare not-blurry-shot from the boat of the sliver moon and Mercury below it to the right, just barely visible over the hill of Jost:
Day 9: Little Jost – Monkey Point, Guana Island – Tortola
The next morning we walked ashore to the Bubbly Pool.
Mangroves in the bay:
Waves breaking on the rocks:
Above the Bubbly Pool:
And the Bubbly Pool in action:
We decided to head east to complete a circumnavigation of Tortola for this trip. We stopped at Monkey Point on Guana Island, and then headed back to the marina for the night.
One last look over at Cooper, on our way into Fat Hog’s Bay:
Day 10: Homeward bound
Up early and headed home. Flying over Trellis Bay. Goodbye BVI!
Looking to the east at Virgin Gorda with the Dogs in the foreground:
Now I’m back home with great memories, lots of pictures, and these treasures:
Wow. That was fast. January flew by. This weekend is very un-January-like, though – sunny, with temps inching into the 80s. I took this shot as the sun was dropping last night. The light through the trees was gorgeous.
We’ve decided to leave the signpost up that I made for last summer’s family reunion. It just seems right.
Yesterday we went to the lake and Joel joined us with his out of town visitor, Chris. We sailed up to the basin and back. Winds gusting in the high 20’s & low 30’s made for a great day.
This is a shot of Kurt & Kevin on Dancer, who sailed along with us for the day.
I have much to learn about my new camera. I was waiting for this rare Christmas Day full moon to see if I could capture a decent shot. But, this morning the moon was already shrouded in the trees when I got out there. And tonight it was mostly overcast.
This is the best shot I took. I’ll keep working on it. :) Here it is, folks, the Full Cold Moon of Christmas Day 2015.
We drove to Wimberly today with Tom and Doray. They have property there. We toured the town and their land and made a nice day of it.
Their property is covered with the live oaks that I have grown to love. They look beautiful no matter which way you look at them.
I thought this wavy cloud formation was interesting. A cold front came through early this morning and the skies eventually cleared to become a clear sunny day.
I have been side tracked a bit since my last post 3 1/2 weeks ago.
Summary of excuses:
- Work kept me busy the first part of November.
- I’m trying to get back to swimming which sucks up about 2 hours of my free time each day that I do it.
- We took our annual girls trip long weekend – this time to New Orleans.
- Thanksgiving holidays happened.
- Decking of the hall (and the boat!) has commenced.
- Monte got me an amazingly awesome new camera that I have been learning how to use every chance I get.
But, I’m back!
I may share a bit more on some of these moments in future posts. But for now, here’s a photo from New Orleans – St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square as the sun was heading for the horizon.