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The marina we live in is Kemah which is on Clear Lake, just off Galveston Bay. Ike came right through. The kids and I were already in OKC and John was in New Orleans at training. John flew into Houston Thursday after his final class to clear things off the boat. He rented a car and packed it full of anything valuable that we had not already taken off. He left the boat on Friday morning to ride out the storm at some friends of ours’ house in Kingwood which is northeast of Houston.

He drove down to check on the boat this morning and got to Kemah around 3:00pm. He met up with some of our boat neighbors, and they waded out to the boats to see what the damage was. Cannibal was in GREAT shape! The worst damage to the boat was a surface scratch from a neighbors boat bumping ours. None of our mooring lines broke, and he can’t find any damage. Praise God!!!

Bad news: the piers in the marina are totally gone, and there is floating debris everywhere. He said there is part of the dock stuck under our bow and he is going to try to move that out before the tide goes down. Unfortunately, some of the other boats in the marina did not fare so well… some broke loose, some were sunk, some of the pilings broke which caused the boats tied to them to slam around a bunch.

Looks like it we’ll be getting new piers—–someday! I’m just extremely thankful to God for sparing our home.

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I can’t remember where we were when I last posted. I think it was St. Thomas. We had not expected to see the BVI’s, we thought we would only get to visit the USVI’s, but our sail was delayed, so we decided to go for it. While we were in St. Thomas, we got wind of a wooden boat regatta that was being held Memorial Day weekend on Jost Van Dyke (a BVI). Naturally, we had to go. It was incredible (brilliant, for all you Brits). Not only did we get to see lots of cool wooden boats in the anchorage, but John managed to get an invitation for him and the boys to help crew on one of the big boats!!!! They were in heaven!! Read the rest of this entry »

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We just dropped our anchor in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. We are anchored right across from the cruise ship dock. It’s beautiful here. We walked around the dock area, but most shops/stores close at 5:00pm, so we just walked around. It’s very clean, and landscaped. We saw grass that was put there on purpose and cared for, and lots of pretty flowers. Culebra was very dry and had a lot of cacti. Read the rest of this entry »

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We are now in Culebra, Puerto Rico which is considered a Spanish Virgin Islands. We are hanging out here for a week or so. This anchorage has mooring balls and is behind a large reef, so it’s nice and calm. The water is clear, too so we can swim off the boat.

We’ve had BBQ’s on a little island a couple of times with several other boats here.

We are planning to day trip over to Culebrita tomorrow where there is a lighthouse and baths–jacuzzi-like swimming holes.

John found Otto (our “pet” the auto pilot) some new belts and they arrived two days ago, so we’re happy about that. He got 4 so we would have plenty of spares!

We’re feeling like it might be time to head home soon, so John and I are going to have to sit down and map out a plan for the virgin islands, then figure out which way to go to get home. It’s all downwind sailing from here, so we’re all looking forward to some easy sailing–no more windward ho!!!

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Our week of internet is expiring in a matter of minutes, so I will not have time to post about our trip to Haiti yesterday. It was a day full of excitement, so it will be  long post. We will be leaving here soon, though, heading to Puerto Rico. Once in Puerto Rico, we should have internet again and I will be able to tell about our experiences!!!

Hasta la vista, baby!

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This is the scenario:

Every other boat we know of: “We just saw whales breach”; “They’re all around us”; “They’re leaping just to our port side”; “We spotted them jumping out of the water at the south end of the island”; “We saw them coming out of the channel at Salt Cay”..


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