Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day

There was no diving on Christmas Day, so everyone woke up late, and Norman prepared an outstanding English breakfast, with eggs, bacon, and English baked beans. "None of the sweet American stuff," he declared. Since we were allowed to stay on the boat all day, the first thing we did was to do some snorkeling off the boat! Ron had found a book that indicated that the best snorkeling in the North end of Wallilabou Bay, which explained why the snorkeling was disappointing to him the day before. We jumped off the side of the boat and swam around. The water still wasn't the crystal clear waters I was used to when diving, but there was more to see. Nevertheless, the fish were very small. After swimming nearly all the way out to the arch, I grew tired of the average snorkeling (though much better than at Bequia), and swam back to the boat. It turned out that Josh had broken his mask strap, and so he borrowed my mask and snorkel for a swim with his brother.
From St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Lisa and I dried off, and then walked up to hill to the waterfall. On the way there, we ran into other yatchies, and they said that the waterfall was disappointingly small. When we got there, we discovered that the place was a newly designated park, and included a new building. The waterfall, while small, presented an oasis of coolness amidst the warm tropical climate, and after all that swimming in the Caribbean, it was refreshing to have a soak in cool fresh water for a change. I certainly enjoyed having the place all to ourselves—we were only interrupted by the squeal of wild pigs who had entered the park through a hole in the fence.
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When we had had enough, we walked back down the road and saw the artists' shack. This man had metal sculptures all through the front yard of his house, and then all sorts of art and craft items made out of found objects such as bottle caps.
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Then we returned to Steve's for another shower (the men's shower is outdoors and exposed, so it's best to take a shower on an unbusy day like Christmas day. We then sat down to read and use the internet—I had finally realized that when my Blackberry Curve 8320 was connected to a WiFi network, all calls were treated as though they were made from the US, which meant that everyone could phone home. While the boat was filled with iPhones, Nokia phones, and yes, even a Nexus One, the phone that got the most use was still the Blackberry, mostly because of the unlimited international data roaming plan and the UMA service.
From St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Norman also volunteered to cook Christmas dinner tonight, and it turned out to be an amazing 10 course meal. How he managed that with that tiny galley on the boat still amazes me when I think about it. Champaign, and both red and white wine was brought out, and the entire thing was topped off with Chocolate Volcano cake. We went to bed feeling quite full and satisfied.
From St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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