Thursday February 12, 2015
There had been grand plans to leave the Virgin Islands in the next day or two after making a big provisioning trip in Charlotte Amalie, but it now looks as if that won’t be happening anymore. Not that we’ll be stuck here forever!…although I’m sure we wouldn’t mind. No, it’s pesky weather systems that keep popping up off the coast of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, and they’re making the window for our 1,000 mile journey back to Florida just a little hard to plan. We can only seem to get three good days in a row when we need at least 8-9.
For the past few days we’ve been just sitting at anchor in the harbor here at Charlotte Amalie, although it looks like some storm systems are going to be rolling through here as well. We actually had to move ourselves the other day because the spot we had been sitting in just in front of the cruise ships and the entrance to the harbor was bringing in a terrible swell. I was getting back to the point where I didn’t want to get up off the settee because I’d get sick. So now we’re much closer to shore and protected a bit more by one of the islands here and a few of the bigger boats anchored in front of us.
If the weather windows don’t improve in the next few days we may just move ourselves back to Christmas Cove since it’s only 5 miles away and so much more enjoyable and relaxing there. Weather for the next week just north of us is showing pretty strong, so there’s a good chance that will be happening. We did take advantage of one of the nice days we did have here to get off the boat and wander around town a bit. Kind of what you’d expect from a cruise ship port, lots of shopping and restaurants, although there was a nice park by the Post Office that was a great spot to just sit and people watch.
Going back through the photos I took of the day, everything is such a hodgepodge and nothing flows from one area to the next. So I thought I would help that along try my hand at a few black and white photos. Not something I know much about, but a handy tool for me to eventually learn. And honestly, I’ve been stuck on the boat here a few days and need something to do.