|Rainbows are always good for your confidence.|
In retrospect, we had large measures of (at least one of) these critical characteristics when we departed on our adventure. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Oh sure, we planned, we researched. We were well aware that the Virgin Islands was more than twice as far as we had ventured before. We could look at the charts and see the long stretches of ocean that would need to be crossed.
We did have some prior experience. We had already made a trip to the Bahamas. Shoot, we even did that trip with our old dog, Roux, and Junie with a bad back. We were, it appeared, better prepared than many people we met along the way. But we were still, in many ways, as dumb as a rock. And that ignorance served us well.
Where the confidence came from, I am not sure. Perhaps it was imparted to us from our very capable vessel, SeaClearly. She knew the way, knew the ways and carried us in such security that we probably never realized how much she tempered our experience. If indeed that is true, we are grateful for the insulation and give her her full credit.
We still find ourselves getting philosophic and emotional about our trip. We stretched our limits and have done something that can't be taken away. We are always happy to share our story with anyone that is interested. But, be forewarned that, if you ask, it may take a while to shut us up. We do think that the logistics of the trip are interesting. So, we would like to offer a pragmatic view of our trip in hindsight and in quantitative terms. The summary. So, here it goes.
|The crew of two.|
- SeaClearly and her crew (Junie and me) left our slip in Colington Harbour on October 4, 2014, arrived at our final destination in York River Yacht Haven on May 26, 2015
|SeaClearly on a mooring ball at Guana Island, BVI...|
|...and anchored off of Stocking Island, Bahamas|
- Wildlife encountered
- Dolphins (big, little, gray, speckled, black), Whales (Humpback, Right), Manatees
- Rays (of all sizes), Sea Turtles, starfish, conch, crabs
- Sharks (Bull, Nurse, Lemon, Reef, Tiger, Hammerhead)
- Bio-luminescence in many forms
- Fish, fish, fish (Tropical,
WahooBarracuda, Jacks, Tarpon, Mahi, squid)
- Hutias, iguanas, pigs (the swimming kind), goats, donkeys, chickens (forever to be associated with morning in the Carribean)
- Eagles, ospreys, seabirds, wading birds, hitch-hiking land birds in the middle of the ocean
So, there it is. Have we learned anything? Absolutely. My advice? Go do what your heart tells you to do. As soon as possible.