Sunday, July 31, 2016

What is that critter?

Just being in the water, snorkeling or diving, is greatly enjoyable, but adding to the fun is identifying the fish, corals and other critters. We are getting much better at naming things that we see and a big reason for that is our library of identification book

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Time for the next anchorage

When you see the restaurant staff setting up all the beach umbrellas and chairs you know two things are true.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Snorkle vs Dive

In all of our time on Rhapsody so far we have not been diving, only snorkeling for a variety of reasons, cost, visitors,  learning the boat. On this trip we made the switch and became divers again. There is quite a difference between the two with advantages and disadvantages to both.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Belongers

In the BVI they classify people as "belongers" and " non-belongers". We fall into the category of " non-belongers" which means that we can only stay in the BVI for 30 days without further action on our part. We hit the 30 day mark a few days ago. Our choices at that point

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Island Girl

Under a breeze filled sea grape tree
An island girl strolled languidly
Down the path to the turquoise sea
Her movements tranquil, fluid, free.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Anegada in pictures and words

      Anegada is sometimes referred to as "the drowned island " with a high point of 28 feet. It is surrounded by reefs which makes it dangerous to get to yet because of this it is less touristy.
There are long stretches of beaches that have no buildings.  As you walk down the empty beach

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Anegada, Anchoring 102

Anegada has been on our list of places to go, because it is there, and because we can. Anegada is the northernmost island of the BVI. Elevation 23 feet.
One town (the settlement), and lots of beaches. Long flat white beaches to walk on.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Anchoring 101

There is so much to learn about anchoring. You don't just dump the anchor over the side a run away. We have read books, taken seminars at boat shows, watched other boaters (both for the how to and the how not to) and learned by experience. The latest lessons we had were at Long Bay on the tip of Virgin Gorda. (Mom, if you click on the words in blue it will take you to a map or more information. Love you) A beautiful  little bay lined with coral reefs.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Chore ADD?

There are so many things we want to do to make Rhapsody our home, and so many things that have to be done to make sure that she will be safe for us, and remain our home.

Both of us have lists, mine are written down, Bob keeps most of his in his head, but we both have many things that we both want to accomplish, and things we feel we should tackle, some sooner, some at a later date, and some that we should do sooner but wish it could be at a later date.
One of the big problems is that there are so many things to do that as you start one activity something else will invariably catch your eye and you are off on another tangent, hopefully to return to the original task before too long. Some chores will stare you down and not let your attention wander from them for too long, others are easier to let go.

I understand that we are living on a boat and there will always be lists of things to take care of, but the chore ADD? Perhaps this will change, or perhaps I will always suffer from some degree of this. The newness of it all is both enjoyable and a little disconcerting. Much to learn, much to organize and much to fix. In the words of Scarlett from Gone With the Wind (now that's a great boat name) "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.