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We’re Back in St. Kitts!

Posted by on October 31, 2016

Hard to believe it but the summer has passed by and we are back on our beloved Moon once again, well sort of. Wow, first let us say that the summer flew by…of course it did not seem like it at the time but it does now. I guess when you work seven days a week it sort of just keeps on going on and you don’t realize how fast everything is passing.

Enjoying October Fest with some our our family in Cape Coral. And yes, Brian drank that whole keg!

Enjoying October Fest with some our our family in Cape Coral. And yes, Brian drank that whole keg!

We had a fun summer. As always it was great to see what is most important in our landlubber life, our family and friends.

Leaving the US, Miami shoreline below.

Leaving the US, Miami shoreline below.

Arriving in St. Kitts.

Arriving in St. Kitts.

Arriving in St. Kitts was a full immersion back into another culture much different than what we are used to in the states. Our first stop was at a hotel called Bird Rock. Nice place by the way and definitely touristy! We enjoyed ourselves and this gave us a chance to get back into the swing of things.

Bird Rock Inn.

Bird Rock Inn.

Dive Shop at Bird Rock Inn.

Dive Shop at Bird Rock Inn.

Swim with the dolphins enclosure at the Bird Rock Inn. It does seem like a better enclosure than most, still sad to me. Dolphins should be free!

Swim with the dolphins enclosure at the Bird Rock Inn. It does seem like a better enclosure than most, still sad to me. Dolphins should be free!

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It was a good thing that we had reserved a couple of days at Bird Rock because when we arrived we found out that the apartment that we thought we would be renting was already rented out to someone else. What a bummer! So we started searching for a place to stay using the internet and the old fashioned way…we hit the pavement and walked around looking for apartments with โ€œfor rentโ€ signs.

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OK, so anyone that has read our blog before will not be surprised but even I forgot how much Brian could walk! We covered over five miles in one day looking for a place to stay. OK, I’m hearing that you might think that is not that is very far but, keep in mind that it is not flat here. At one point we had to walk over a 300ft high hill to get back to the hotel. Huffing and puffing I thought that my heart was going to pop right our of my chest. Yes, we got a heck of a work out that day!

Atlantic beach within walking distance to our apartment.

Atlantic beach within walking distance to our apartment.

Beach at Marriott close to our apartment.

Beach at Marriott close to our apartment.

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Our efforts paid off and we found a studio apartment to rent in the touristy part of the island. It is a nice area with a grocery store and lots of restaurants close by but we are in the hood part of it where all of the workers from around the island stay. I can’t even tell you the looks that we get when we walk into the apartment complex. Apparently not many people like us stay in these apartments! At least after a bit of cleaning up the place does not look that bad…on the inside anyways ๐Ÿ™‚ It is awesome to come back to the apartment after a long day of working on the boat. We have showers, air conditioning, refrigeration and all of the comforts of home that most take for granted. Much better than our other option of staying on Moon in the boatyard while we work on her.

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View of boatyard with Brimstone Hill Fortress at the top of the hill in the background. Zoom in close and you can see the cannons protecting us :-)

View of boatyard with Brimstone Hill Fortress at the top of the hill in the background. Zoom in close and you can see the cannons protecting us ๐Ÿ™‚

Our biggest struggle with the apartment is the location. It is pretty much on the opposite end of the island than where the boatyard is. So transportation was our next hurdle. We were told that there were no local buses that came to the area and that we would have to take a taxi (very costly on a daily basis). But, thankfully after some asking around and once again lots of walking we were able to find one local bus that comes to this end of the island. So now we can get to the boatyard by taking two local buses. It takes one hour of traveling each way but it is so worth it compared to what we would have to pay for taxis.(Bus costs $ 12.31 a day and taxis would be $60.00 a day!)

What you looking at, says floppy ears....isn't he cute! This is our daily entertainment at the boat yard.

What you looking at, says floppy ears….isn’t he cute! This is our daily entertainment at the boat yard.

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Not what we usually see when we look out our ports!

Not what we usually see when we look out our ports!

Now on to Moon. When we arrived at the boatyard and boarded her we were so happy to find that she was bone dry and had not taken on any water while we were gone. This was our main concern being that she is a plywood boat. She was just as we had left her back in March. Well, she does have a few new residents, meaning lots and lots of spiders, ants and moth casings. Nothing that we can’t deal with or get rid of though.

You know that your boat has been in the yard too long when flowers grow under her!

You know that your boat has been in the yard too long when flowers grow under her!

As I am writing this Brian is banging, scraping and making racket on the hull preparing the bottom for our next step. We’ve placed an order with the marina for our supplies so that we can paint Moon’s bottom and complete some minor repairs here and there. We have to wait a week for all of the stuff to arrive though…island time ‘Mon. Meantime we will get her ready so that we can make her bottom sexy again so that we can get back to what we love…cruising.

She belongs in the water and we can’t wait to get her back into the sea!

Take care all for now all. We will take lots of pictures to share as always. Miss you all already!

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Brian and Jennifer

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