First family visitors! My cousin Deb and her husband Peter came to visit about two weeks ago (Friday 13) and left on the 17th, exchanging the cold of Rochester for the gray cloudiness of St John. You heard that right, they got to experience two of the ten cloudiest days I've seen here... along with some of the lowest winds... and my worst injury!
They drove from their rented place in Cruz Bay on the day
after they arrived, giving me a call from the dock. I borrowed my
neighbor Peter's dinghy and brought them out.
That first day we sailed to Haulover, anchored, walked across the narrow
isthmus to Haulover Bay, and snorkeled there for the first time. HUGE
coral heads, mostly dead. Saw a sleeping nurse shark resting beside one.
Came face to face with an octopus hiding under another. I bet that
going a decent distance one might find better coral heads.
next day we snorkeled in Hurricane Hole, snorkeling the secret reef. I
found lobsters for them to observe and showed them where I found my
first lionfish. I dove down to see if there were any nice lobsters
hiding under the ledge and.... found the same lionfish! Despite
reporting it to the authorities, it remained! Grumbling, I assembled the
spear carried on the kayak I pulled behind me and pinned it to the
sand, then hurled it ashore. Too bad I had not done it months before:
all the schools of little reef fish were gone.
then snorkeled at Water Creek, looking at all the corals among the
mangrove roots. We headed home and, as we came closer, the wind grew
weaker. Finally, I started pulling Dorado with the kayak until my
neighbor Peter came out and towed us in with the dinghy.
next morning I could hardly move: clearly I had seriously screwed up my
lower back in towing the sailboat, having done the equivalent of 45
minutes of lower back stretches. I iced it and took ibuprofen and read
while it rained. Peter and Deb
came over for a picnic on the dock during a lull, then headed home to
pack for their flight the next day. They left me with lots of tasty
goodies (Peter and I groaned happily as we
enjoyed the red wine and runny brie), good memories, and a REALLY
unhappy back. It is still unhappy now, but the second chiropractor I
found seems to have done the trick. I'm crossing fingers, although the
daily improvement is undeniable.
I can't wait for the next
visitors: first my gal (and our trip to Culebra!) and then my niece Maki
and her good friend Anna. I've also decided I need much better
mattresses/seats and a working engine. These are very high on the list!