They have the smiling dolphins that play with the fish as cat do to mice. They have what is reputedly called, the Fort Myers triangle, i.e. you can check out but you can never leave. They have the flattest areas on this side of the world and if GH (global heating, not grievous harm though the result will be exactly that) kicks in, they will also have to evacuate. And they also have sunsets. Better enjoy it before the fish will be the only ones looking at it.
Prevailing customs aside, the southern USA is replete with rules, they risk drowning in their mire of values of accepted versus unbecoming behaviour. The pools seem to be the vain forum for these to be blatantly displayed in all manner and colours if possible. Someone pointed out that the nation is so vast and made up of different ethnic groups that only austere, distilled and perspicous rules can hold its peoples together. In the lift of one of the many coastal hotels, a poster in créche yellow announces "PROFANITY BY ADULTS OR TEENAGERS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE". Go figure Charlie! Perhaps I should ask my five year old daughter to utter profanities on my behalf. I wonder if her curses will be unacceptable.
Virtually all swimming pools have something againt horseplay; an expression I had not heard in such a long time that I was hard pressed to remember its meaning. The seems to be a vehemence towards boisterous play, I wonder what sort of play is acceptable.
And the best must be the one about along the lines of asking your doctor before going into the spa if you are under the influence of drugs or consuming alcohol". Mh, Doc can I have something to stiffen my nerves before I go into that jacuzzi?
Sometimes life seems to present too many challenges, so it is easier to take the simpler road. I have heard of a fellow who used to have his boat moored in the between the islands of San Carlos and Estero in west Florida and his supposed antics(only to some peoplethough) in trying to achieve simplicity. He used to row his dinghy to his boat and on arriving at the boat would winch it up and perch ít on the deck, sit in it and read his book all day long. So much trouble for a simple activity. Perhaps he liked reading his books in the comfort of his dinghy.
Mads and Jørgen are enjoying the simple things in life too. Perhaps it was too far to climb up the transom stairs to the deck. Maybe the beer tasted better i´n the dinghy.
May 2009: Holy Land (sailing in the desert) January 2009: Denmark & Jerusalem
The Past November 2008: Denmark & Sweden September & October 2008: Trinidad August 2008: Grenada July 2008: Grenada, Carriacou, Grenadines July 2008: Dominica July 2008: Antigua June 2008: St Kitts and Nevis June 2008: British Virgin Islands May 2008: Samaná, Dominican Republic April 2008Luperon, Dominican Republic 08 April, Santo Domingo, capital DR
January 2008: Staniel Cay, Blackpoint, Farmers Cay- Exumas. Cat Island February: Farmer's Cay, Rat Cay, Children's Bay Cay, Barraterre, Georgetown, Emerald Bay, William's Cay, Lee Stocking Island, Leaf Cay, March 2008: Conception Island, Rum Cay, Acklins and Crooked Islands. Turks and Caicos (a British Overseas Territory) and friends it does exist! 30 March: Luperon, Dominican Republic
Welcome friends (hopefully no foes for now, am a bit young for that sort, me believes). This is our log as a family as we make way throughout the different harbours of the world (at least the Caribbean). We hope you will enjoy it and will write to us and keep us company as we try to navigate Ocean Odyssey through the hopefully not so treacherous waters of the Caribbean. For those who want to join us (all are welcomed) please let us know. We are planning to sail from Florida down to the Caribbean (as if we can plan, we have lived in the Congo too long and as a Bulgarian friend once said, 'Make a plan, make God laugh').
SCHEDULE FOR OCEAN ODYSSEY AND HER VISITORS Actually forget about schedules and timetables! After talking to experienced sailors, the motto is FRIENDS YOU CAN CHOOSE WHERE OR WHEN BUT NOT BOTH. Sailors are at the mercy of the weather as we are experiencing this now waiting for the hurricane season to be over. So it is easier for everyone if we all avoid stress, so let's talk. Flying into the Caribbean is easy via Miami, London, Paris, Madrid and a dozen other cities.