Sunday, February 11, 2007

Martinique, c'est bon

Martinique - that means, it's good. And, oh, yes, it is. Since I made Dennis reef, we had a very slow sail from St. Lucia to Martinique, until I took pity on him and let him shake out the reef. Long story, but he needs to learn!! Pulled into Marin, hoping to check in before they closed at 12:30 on Friday. Equinox and Memory blew by us and were in their dinghy on the way to Customs while Kyeta and ourselves were anchoring. We dragged at first, and then decided to re-anchor. We were too close to another boat and then couldn't get our anchor up! Denny on Kyeta and the Memory and Equinox dink came over to help untangle us from the 65 lb. danforth anchor we had hooked into. Quite the challenge, since we almost had to get into Kyeta's cockpit to get the anchor free. Ann came over to pick me up and we actually got to check in so that we could leave on Saturday to head to St. Anne's.
Ah, a French island. Brie, french bread, pain au chocolat, cafe au lait and that good old French wine! Could life get any better? Hit the ATM, then the grocery stores and bakeries and headed out to the anchorage at St. Anne's. This is a wonderful little tourist town with bakeries, two grocery stores and a wonderful market. Know of a cruising couple who were of the opinion that 'seen one island, seen them all'. Can't believe that. Every island and every town is unique, and we love visiting all the little markets.
The best thing was - Infinity pulled in a week later after catching two 46' mahi's, so we all got to benefit from their great fishing. We've had a great time catching up with Frank and Gretchen. We travelled with them from the Turks to Puerto Rico, and then off and on from St. Martin to the Tobago Cays. Rented a car with them and toured Martinique. What a beautiful island and I can see why people can spend years and years down here, never seeing the same thing twice.
For those of you who think we do nothing all day, let me tell you that we've had many boat projects. This working on the boat in exotic places gets kind of old sometimes, especially when you've missed the lunch closing of the marine stores. West Marine would never go for this closing for two hours!! The toilet was having a problem with a leak because sea grass kept creeping into the valves, so Dennis put a vented loop into the toilet to prevent it from overflowing. He decided to do that at 4 p.m., after we had moved the boat into Marin, done laundry, a water run, groceries, visited all the marine stores, then headed back out to St. Anne's. Finally finished everything around 9 at night and then collapsed.
Last weekend we got to see a pre-Mardi Gras parade. Quite interesting and a lot of fun. Heading out for a change of scenery for a week, and then back to St. Anne's for the big Mardi Gras. It's a quaint little town with a lot going on, and from what we've heard,it's a pretty good parade. Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!! ~~~/_)~~~~

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