Hello out there. We are still here in Culebra. No surprise…right? What a crazy world that we are all living in right now. Not sure about all of you but we have been under quarantine since Sunday March 8th. At first it was like OK, no problem, we can handle this. We are used to being on the boat and provisioning for periods of time without going ashore and it should be a breeze for us to tuck away for a couple of weeks. Then a couple of weeks turned into a month and now it seems that there is no end in sight. It’s all quite depressing really. Usually by now we’ve put the boat away for the summer, have made it back to the states, gotten to see our families and are back to work. None of this is true for us this year. Here we still sit in our own little isolation looking forward to the times when we are allowed to get off of the boat and go to shore where we hope that we will run into some off our friends while we are on our way to the post office or grocery store. If we see someone that we know we still have to keep it short though because sure enough the police will come along wanting to know why you are in the streets and tell you to get on with your business. Unlike Brian, I admit that I am not the most social person around but I sure do miss hanging out with the gang as much as anyone else now!
We’ve been making do as all of you I’m sure by tying to fill the time with anything and everything. We don’t have TV (which might be a blessing), but I think that I have read the entire internet and had enough of surfing it anymore. We’ve tackled a few projects around the boat but for some reason are not feeling really inspired to take on any big ones. Brian has been sewing some for fellow boaters making main sail covers and roller furling covers and the like. He has been doing an amazing job and I have pictures that I will have to share with you next time.
I’m always getting asked what do you guys eat on the boat? So I’ve decided to share some of our yummy meals with you. I’ve been cooking up a storm with our solar oven and experimenting with new dishes with my time. As you see, we eat very well!
Before all of this craziness we did have a chance to visit one of our favorite beaches here in Culebra. It’s close to Soldier’s Point for those of you who know the area and it’s great for beach combing. It also leads to a beautiful tide pool that we’ve written about before.
Hope that you enjoy our latest and I did not overwhelm you or make you too hungry with all of the food pics! Our quarantine is supposed to end on May 3rd but not sure how hopeful we are on that. We have decided that the time has come and we need to make some decisions though. How to get home is the main one. Do we tuck the boat away and fly home? Do we really want to brave the airports with all of this mess going on? Will we be able to fly back to our boat easily if we leave her behind? Or do we set sail to get back? Either way it is a big decision. Not sure what it is like there in the states but out here the world is not the same as it once was and people are scared and weary of others. Things that used to be simple are not not anymore and that takes a pause of thought for us.
Anyhow, we will leave on a bit of a positive note. The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 21-22 and we are really looking forward to seeing it. It is supposed to have up to 18 meteors per hour! It is named after constellation Lyra, and is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers. According to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago. The fireballs in the meteor shower are created by debris from the comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun and it is not expected to be visible from Earth again until 2276. So you know where our heads will be for the next few nights…facing the north-west night sky and hopefully the show will be amazing!
Take care until next time all.
Jennifer and Brian