Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The Caribbean is Unbelievable!

We have been slowly readjusting to life off of the high seas, and have been chilling Caribbean Style!

After arriving in Saint Lucia, we have made our way south towards Grenada.  Our last week has been spent in the Grenadines.

There is so much to see and do here.  The many amazing friends we have made as part of the ARC have been our constant companions since we arrived!  The weather here is always perfect, and there is always somewhere to go, or something to do.

Christmas was so special because we had dozens of great friends to share it with.  Lana organised a gift exchange for the kids and for the grown-ups.

Next, we had a wonderful Christmas Potluck and Beach BBQ organised by one of the other ARC boats.  Instead of Ugly Sweaters and Turkey, we had Hawaiian shirts and Jerk Chicken.  On Boxing Day, yet another boat organised the First Annual International Beach Olympics!  The teams included, North America, Scandinavia, Great Britain & Germany/Switzerland.  There were lots of fun games, like tug-of-war, silly relay race and a blind-folded SUP race.

The snorkelling has been absolutely mind-blowing!  The variety of coral and fish is impressive.  We try to find a new snorkelling spot every 2-3 days.  The girls have become very comfortable under the water, and Aria has been able to free dive to 20-25 feet deep.

The hikes have been beautiful, and even on small islands, there is always a trail to get to the top of something.  Aria is pictured here with friends from Montreal and Sweden.  This was taken on an island called Bequia which is part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

We have been trying to eat as local as we can.  Coconuts are plentiful and plantains are amazing when fried.

In the recent days, we have been snorkelling with turtles, and spending some quality time at anchor with friends doing water sports.  There has been some foiling behind the dinghy, kids group SUP, and Opti sailing.

We have also been able to figure out our drone somewhat, and have done a few flights to test it out.  This is our anchorage on Mayreau Island in the Grenadines.  Such beautiful, clear, warm water!  Oyai is in the centre of the shot.

In this video, Aria and her friend Molly are swimming next to Oyai.

Sailing on a small boat may bring-to-mind a life of isolation, but nothing could be further from the truth!  We have met so many great friends, all who have kids of similar ages to ours.

We have been having so much social quality time with friends and going to party after party.  Its been wonderful!

Next, we plan to head to Grenada and explore that island for a couple of weeks before meeting some friends from Comox back up at Saint Vincent.  We will have seen so many great places to show Erica and Addy once they arrive in 3 weeks!

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