Every morning I make tea for Max & the Captain and I make myself a cup of coffee using the lovely French press – I made a point to let the owner know how much I appreciated the insulated beauty. My morning boost is fueled by Stouffville’s own Red Bulb Espresso Bar – I didn’t dare leave home without a proper ration of grinds. It’s a right start to the day.
Living on a boat is so different than anything I’ve ever experienced – I’m guessing it’s closest to camping, but given that I’ve never camped I can’t say for certain. One thing I can say is this: it’s small, but not uncomfortably so. The cooking is a culinary adventure to say the least. The little 2-burner propane stove has no temp gauges so everything is by smell and sight. I’ve managed to make quite a variety of meals including French toast, pancakes, eggs, jerk chicken on buns, fajitas, pasta, garlic pita & salad, grilled cheese etc. Desserts have included brownies, banana cake, and cinnamon crumble cake. Needless to say no one is going hungry! We are not fans of the charcoal BBQ – the taste is, well, too much like charcoal – so we’re using the oven, which is not great for the cabin temp but much better for the body and our palettes.
On the ‘less glamorous’ side of sailing – we popped into Leverick Bay and used the laundry facilities. We also took advantage of the free showers!! First shower in 8 days, a pretty big deal and we all feel much better for it.
We hiked the very challenging Bitter End Yacht Club trails in the afternoon. Captain and I were so amazed at how well the girls did! (Max stayed back at the boat for this one). We hiked to the top of Virgin Gorda North Sound and the views (as always) didn’t disappoint. We figure it was about 6km’s all in, and it felt like 5 of those were uphill!
Teamwork to grab 'Frederico the Coconut' from the low lying palm tree.