Thursday, January 10, 2008

Margarita to Blanquilla

Left Polamar on Monday, the 24th, for Juangriego, on the northern coast of Margarita. Motored all the way, but that worked out because the batteries needed a good charge. Anchored early in the afternoon, barbequed dinner and off to bed early. Up at 4 a.m., Xmas Day, underway by 4:30. Motored for the first 2 hours, missing a really heavy rain squall. That passed, the wind picked up, and we were able to sail, with all 3 sails, for most of the day. Ended up to be a sail, motor, sail, motor, sail kind of day. Made good time and pulled into Blanquilla at 2:30 in the afternoon. Had planned on having a quiet Xmas Day, but with 8 boats already anchored, and Richard from Slow Dancing dinghying up to us and insisting we throw something together and join them on shore for Xmas potluck, there we were on shore with Slow Dancing, Odyssey, Rythm, Daphne, Wonderland and Lizzy - and 5 kids, ages 5 to 15 - having a wonderful Xmas Day!
Blanquilla reminds us very much of Conception Island in the Bahamas. We've been hiking, seeing the wild donkeys (Brigitte- remember those horses we never could get close to?), fishing and swimming.
Life is good - enjoy your holidays!!!!!!!!!!! ~~_/)~~

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