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Leaving Oak Ridge in our rear view mirror

Past Calabash Bight, with a view of Turtlegrass, Lori and Mark's house...

Invited to Kim and Joe's for a beer - up we climb

The view of Diamond Lil by the cow and calf from Kim...

enjoying the view

crossing the bridge to the new casita

Getting a tour of the new digs

with a view to die for

Company won't ever want to leave

bonita

beautiful open air washroom

back we go, Kim wasn't really riding her poor old dog, it...

The view from the very top of Kim and Joe's

Friday painting

Sunrise Sat morning

Kim and Joe's place from the boat

 

John making pancakes on the barbie

My Saturday painting

Spectacular scenery, peace and quiet, ahhh we needed this

Here comes the gang on Spirit of Free Radical, also from Canada

Ed and Julie provide day charters for groups up to 30 and...

Hey is there a party happening here?

Ed and Julie making us chili dogs for lunch

 

A couple from Saskatchewan

Julie with DL in the background

Kim, Ed and John

Corinne

Lori, Kim and Ed

I swam over from DL

Captain making sweet and sour meatballs with rice on the que

El Tanko came along on the trip

Sunday's painting

Heading into Calabash Bight

Turtlegrass Marina

burgers for lunch

DL from Mark and Lori's upper deck

Calabash Bight and beyond - the Caribbean Sea

Looking out at our DL brought back a thousand memories of places...

 

 

Always a great assortment of munchies

the game - in Spanish of course

 

Two tvs - one outside

and one inside

Back home to La Punta

Diamond Lil leaving Oak Ridge Harbour


The transmission was repaired and the hydraulic steering seal was replaced, the oil was changed, the batteries were checked and a faulty cable replaced, the boat bottom was cleaned, and the fridge defrosted. A switch for our windlass, which could not be repaired was ordered and shipped to Lisa's house because she arrives a week today and that is warp speed compared to trying to have something shipped to Roatan.

The anchors that went down in hurricane season came up, not a pretty sight. A new propane table top three burner stove was purchased as was the hose to hook it to the tank. The propane tank and barbeque were retrieved from shore, along with our deck chairs and John's tools from La Feets, our shed. One last watering of the flowers and to the store for a few last minute groceries, ice, beer and pop stowed, the power line disconnected, the lines from shore untied and we were off.

It's been a while and the waiting made our trip even sweeter. Nothing beats the open sea, even if it's only a 5 or 6 mile trip and before we knew it, literally, we were there. Destination - Port Royal, the quiet, unspoiled east end of the island, most of which is accessible only by water. Cottage country, so to speak.

The first time we dropped our hook in Port Royal we didn't know a soul. This time we were barely settled before friends Kim and Joe invited us up for a beer.

Because our windlass in not functioning we had asked friends Ed and Julie if we could tie to the mooring ball that they installed by the landmark 'cow and calf' rocks in Port Royal to use for their charter business.

Ed and Julie had friends from Canada who are donating their time to provide health care over in the barrios on the mainland drop in on Saturday so they called a few friends and neighbours and before long we had company. S/V Free Radical came with a crowd on board and before long others from the area joined us. I swam over and John brought my beachwear, my camera and a couple of cold beers. Ed and Julie treated us all to lunch aboard and a great afternoon.

Sunday morning we untied from the mooring ball and retraced our route,stopping at Mark and Lori's place and tying to one of their mooring balls to attend their Superbowl Party. High above the jungle and the sparkling blue water of Calabash Bight, I pointed to our Diamond Lil when people arrived and asked where I was from and it felt great to be one of the 'boat people' again.



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