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July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 #104580
08/05/2016 12:38 PM
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July 24 – I enjoyed a quiet coffee on the bow while watching the sun come up. I was savoring the fact that I was about to see some of my favorite locals, while also realizing our time on Jost was too short. After all, Jost is where our love affair with the BVI began. We motored over to Great Harbor early and got a ball where we thought we’d have a nice breeze. David from Foxy’s Water Taxi came out and got our passports and paperwork to check us out, so we wouldn’t have to mess with it the next day. Very convenient!

We then went ashore and called Greg Callwood from Perfect Pineapple to come taxi us to White Bay. He’s such a great guy. We always stay at his place when we are land based on Jost, and I cannot imagine a stop on Jost without visiting him. He is building a place for Gertrude up far above White Bay, and he drove us up to see it. The view is magnificent! He’s proud of his work, and rightfully so. The amount of effort that goes into building there is incredible. We stopped at the office at Perfect Pineapple so I could pop in and surprise Greg’s wife, Hilda and give her a big hug. So good to see her too!

While we were waiting for Greg to pick us up in Great Harbor, we ran into some friends we had met on Jost about 4 years ago. Just by coincidence they were there at the same time. Later, down on White Bay, I recognized the boat of some friends we had met last winter. And, it turned out that these two sets of people know each other through the acquaintance of yet another person we met on Jost a few years back. Such a small world, and so many connections made on Jost. We also met a couple of TTOL people (Hi Kris & Mary!) on JVD.

We went to Hendo’s for lunch and spent a while talking with the owner. He’s a nice, young guy with a great vision for what he wants to accomplish there. He said he’s received a lot of encouragement from locals (even from SDB). The food was excellent (try the fish & chips!), the service was friendly and quick enough. They have a great little gift shop, and the place just seems so classy, it’s like a totally different world from Soggy Dollar. Although, SDB is still a great place and is still thriving!

We finished up the afternoon down at One Love, hanging out with friends, drinking beer and watching all the shenanigans in the bay. The locals were out in their go-fast boats today, making a full spectacle of themselves. Two boats were rafted up and trying to move in tandem, apparently trying to actually leave together (?) when one of them caught the anchor line of a third boat. They seemed surprised that this had happened, but quickly freed themselves somehow without any damage to anyone or anything (visibly, at least).

Greg taxied us back to GH and we cleaned up for dinner. We caught Corsair’s last night of the season. Vinnie was off island already, but Deb and the crew were welcoming as ever and put out a great meal. They were out of a few ingredients, but that didn’t stop them from making an awesome pizza, and those steamed mussels are always the best!

With full bellies, it was time to go back and think about packing away all our dirty clothes and our shiny-new memories.

We enjoyed a quiet night on the boat, and a nice breeze…for a while. Somewhere around 2 am the breeze just died and I found myself standing on the deck, butt naked, just trying to cool off. I figured if someone wanted to arrest me, maybe the jail would be air conditioned. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" /> The breeze picked back up after a while and we slept as best we could for the remainder of the night.

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July 25 – One last cup of coffee in the solitude of a beautiful Great Harbor morning, admiring the island I so dearly love, and thinking of the next time I’ll see her. Then we were off to return Island Fun. We met up with Brent outside Nanny Cay and he motored us in to refuel and then back to Manuel Reef Marina to debrief, clean up and disembark.

David from Foxy’s picked us up right on time and had us back on St. Thomas in time for lunch at Tap & Still; hands-down the best cheeseburgers in the islands! We stayed the night at Mafolie, as usual, and enjoyed a great dinner there.

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July 26 - Leaving these islands is always bittersweet. I miss my dog, I miss my pillow, but can’t we just bring them here and stay forever? One of these days…this will happen!!

Next time always seems so far away, but the countdown has already begun!

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Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Sugaree] #104581
08/05/2016 01:15 PM
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Sugaree I love your trip report! How did you get the photos to imbed so nicely?

karen

Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Sunnykm] #104582
08/05/2016 01:27 PM
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Agreed! Wonderful report! And I have never seen photos displayed that way here before! Wonderful!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clapping.gif" alt="" /> I know how to use the regular IMAGE tag, but this is different.


Carol Hill
Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Carol_Hill] #104583
08/05/2016 01:31 PM
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Thanks ladies! I copied and pasted links from Flickr. If you click on a photo it takes you to the entire album. I just figured this was the "normal" way to put them in a post. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Laugh.gif" alt="" />

Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Sugaree] #104584
08/05/2016 01:38 PM
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Thanks for sharing. hard to believe that it has been 2 months since our week sailing and still 11 months to go till our next trip to the BVIs... going to be a long year suffering from DIF with no cure in sight!

Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Sugaree] #104585
08/05/2016 04:07 PM
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Your closing made me cry. Always,always feel that way <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clapping.gif" alt="" /> :duh
Thanks for sharing.


Toast.......to Life; White Bay...heaven on earth.
Diane
Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Sugaree] #104586
08/05/2016 05:01 PM
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Wow Sugaree, 3 awesome reports with great photos posted in one day!! From one early riser to another...that is my favorite time of the day in the islands!! Your crew was lucky, your food sounds amazing. Thanks for writing <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif" alt="" />

Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: BEERMAN] #104587
08/06/2016 07:37 AM
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<img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clapping.gif" alt="" />Great trip report! Wish we were back in the islands after reading.

Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Twalsh] #104588
08/08/2016 07:13 PM
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It was so great to meet you both!!!! We saw the go-fast boat shenanigans too, LOL ...

I feel the same way every time I leave Jost. Glad you had a great time, and thanks for the trip report!

Felix


* What we do in life echoes in eternity *
Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Felix] #104589
08/09/2016 04:55 PM
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Awesome trip report! Makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Happy to have experienced sailing the BVI's and sad that I'm not there now.
Thanks!!


Love sailing the BVI's with friends.
Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: BVIShuga] #104590
08/12/2016 12:55 PM
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Thanks for the TR. I've been lurking for a couple of months in anticipation of my first trip to the BVI's this upcoming February. Appreciate the time, effort and photo's.

Re: July 13-26 Trip Report - Part 3 [Re: Sugaree] #104591
08/12/2016 10:01 PM
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Great, great, great photography. Thanks for sharing the fruits of your talent!

Cheers,

EC


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