We were ready and anchor up
by eight, wiggled our way through the buoys when the radio chirped. GB wishing
us a safe journey, sad to bid GB and Sarah "farewell" but, we do hope to
see them again. We had a good sail and arrived in Charlotte Amalie at twenty to two in time for lunch thirty
seven miles later.
entered all looked as we left them last year, the anchorage seemed somewhat
On the posh dock
the very same girls we left still there, we wondered if they had moved.
If Beez would be one hundred and fifty pounds a day no knowing what these ladies
Cruise ship in, so customers doing the tourist thing. Our little friend returning to
Evening fell and we
settled in for the night
A novel thing for
cruise ships to stay in later than five thirty. Charlotte Amalie looking
We had one day with no cruise ships in
by us, very strange to see an empty dock, it didn't phase
One afternoon Bear went off
to fill the spare gas bottle, he came back saying he was surprised at how many
wrecks there were laying around the bay. He said the gas place was in a scrap
boat yard and he would take me for a spuddle if I wanted to go. Off we went.
Over the other side of the anchorage was Allure of the
Seas - sister to Oasis of the Seas (own blog last time). Allure dwarfed
Eurodam. We assume we were looking at a climbing
fixture as opposed to a paint cloth. It was very strange to see a ball game in progress on the top of Eurodam.
Bear wanted to stop at the chandlers
and low and behold, four men were in handcuffs and loads of Customs, Drug Officers and K9 were all busy on a Puerto
Rican motorboat. One officer had the smallest feet I have ever seen on a grown
man, looked a bit odd in his black cowboy boots - sort of hobbling as they were
too small to bend. We sat and had a beer and watched the goings on, we certainly
never know what's going to happen next. Then we saw a salvage and tow boat for the first time.
It was so strange on our spuddle to
see ladies laying around the edge of the anchorage with all the others bobbing
around them. Then Bear took us into the scrap
Many ladies, including a US Army
boat but the saddest one for me was a
lifeboat. In all the 2010 hurricane season apparently saw seventy eight
boats wrecked in the Virgin Islands.
On the way out was a
really old lady
On our return we passed Allure and
her queues trying to board for leaving
We watched Eurodam
leave, her pilot so tiny beside her
to get Allure safely out
Another first was watching the new
craze of board paddling, looks a bit odd. We watched a chap picking around in the rocks
Back home again it was
time to write the shopping list. We are really in Charlotte Amalie to break the
journey between St Croix and the Turks and Caicos, also to fuel up and stock up
on supplies to last a month as we have been told the Bahamas are so very
expensive. Whilst here Bear decided he was running short of his gout and pain
tablets. He made an appointment at the Red Hook Family Practice. Off he went
later that day to see Dr Hillary Woodson at $165. He came back muttering
quite a bit and presented me with a receipt, my mouth fell and I gave my best
impression of a goldfish. The Allupurinol was $57.40 and the Celebrex was
$396. A total of $ 518.60. Why they put gout
medicine in a child proof pot puzzles me, I feel
my tolerance waning now. Bear hands me his doctors report - Gouty
Arthropathy Unspecified and began muttering again. Bloody well should have been
specified for that. "Specified" I said "I would have wanted a
case conference, a microbiologist, a pathologist and every other bod in a white
coat, even if they had to make something up". Well at
least the Celebrex came in a really nice orange pot , I suppose.
the warning signs - Pepe's face turning all crinchy.
Have you ever seen a pill pot thrown
with such brutal force
Run Bear Run
Bear with our
small supply of cereal.
ALL IN ALL GLAD TO HAVE BEEN
BACK TO ST THOMAS