Oh, St Lucia. We have such mixed feelings about you right now. We want to leave, need to leave, but we are so enjoying being stuck here. Even as our friends left us behind, other friends arrived. Paul and Sheryl on Distant Shores, Henry and Catherine on Mowzer, and Brita and Jason on Blue Moon have all kept us in good company. But don’t be fooled, dear St Lucia. When that part arrives we are out of here! In the meantime, we celebrated Dave’s birthday a couple days early to be certain we would still be amongst friends.
We met all met up and dinghied across the lagoon to the public dinghy dock. From there we walked over to Spice of India, the best Indian food on the island. There are at least four Indian restaurants and they each have their advantages, but this is our favorite. After dinner, Catherine and Brita discussed doing it right there in the restaurant. That got everyone’s attention. After agreeing that the restaurant was the place to do it, Catherine pulled out a plastic bag wrapped in duct tape, cruiser wrapping paper.
They said it was something that every cruiser needs. “A bilge pump?” Dave asked hopefully. I responded that he needs to remember this is on a cruiser budget. Bilge pumps, the bane of Dave’s existence lately, are expensive. We know. We can’t keep one working on the starboard side.
After working at it for five minutes or so, Dave found: a can of beans! But that wasn’t all. There was more. He kept pulling on plastic and unwinding tape…
And what did he find? A can of Spam. Beans and Spam, apparently cruiser essentials we had neglected to purchase. Thank goodness Mowzer and Blue Moon set us straight. We’ve been doing it wrong all this time. Anyone ever read the ingredients in Spam? It’s hard to find, but it’s there. Spoiler alert!!! It contains pork and ham and other things like sodium and water. Pork and ham? Now we are all wondering what parts are encompassed in the generic pork term. Maybe we don’t want to know. Guess I’ll have to look up Spam recipes now.
Brita, Jason, Catherine, and Henry joined us aboard Livin’ Life after our awesome and very filling dinner for some birthday chocolate pie. I would have baked Dave anything he wanted, but he just wanted a simple chocolate pie with Cool Whip. It was tough to fit in some pie, but you can see we all managed to clean our plates.
This picture was taken of our chart plotter. The triangles are AIS returns on different boats. I wish we had taken a before picture. Most cruisers receive only and do not transmit an AIS signal. So before the ARC arrivals there were only a couple triangles, including us. But now, it looks like boats are parked on top of each other. Most ARC boats seem to transmit AIS, because this is just crazy looking. And the marina looks almost as crazy. We really are out of time and need to get out of here. The marina needs our spot. They are tripling up boats in double spots and rafting oats at the ends so that the people have to climb across the other boats to get to the dock! It’s nuts! The marina folk have been awesome, though, and have not hassled or pressured us at all.
Mowzer has been busy with their daughter, Caitlin, and her fiance, Jamie, doing wedding preparations. The kids are checking into the resort soon. But we managed to toss together a potluck with them and Distant Shores for a really nice meal and visit. As anxious as we are to go, I will be really sad to leave all these good people!
Part of hosting a party or potluck is the clean up afterwards.We don’t mind the mess. It cleans up quickly and is totally worth it. Dave is really good about it and always washes the dishes up before going to bed. If I don’t get them all put away at night, I do the next morning and you can’t tell anything ever happened.
We were starting to doubt it would ever happen, but the part finally arrived. It’s crazy. It was sent to Memphis from Baltimore, then to Minnesota. Why it went north is anyone’s guess. But then it went back to Memphis, where it was sent to Puerto Rico before being sent to the wrong country: Saint Martin. There are no Fed Ex flights from St Martin to St Lucia, so it had to go back to Puerto Rico before being forwarded on to St Lucia. But it eventually made it. The mechanics installed it right away and we did a sea trial. No leaks and the wobble that caused all the other problems went away. Hallelujah! We are free to go! Finally! It’s too late to leave tonight, but this means we can leave as soon as we check out of the country and marina in the morning. St Martin, here we come!