Brad, Dan and Scott's Sailing Adventure

"There she is boys! The SS More Powerful than Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and the Incredable Hulk combined." This space will be used to post updates of our odyssey.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Moving on, Scott-free

It was a great run, but on Thursday Scott officially moved on to more important, land-based pursuits. The rest of us on Kaleidoscope are left to explore the remote regions of the caribbean Sea on our own.
Thursday morning, after dinghying Scott and his enormous quantity of luggage to shore, we pulled anchor and headed East along St. John. The trip was a bumpy 3 miles, but Everett remained in the hammock between the forestay and the mast the whole way. He would swing at up to 90 degree angles and come crashing down with each wave. Once we stopped we realized that he felt unsafe even attempting to exit the hammock and was simply holding on for dear life for the entirety of the trip.
The destination was another attractive anchorage and a short dinghy ride to a hiking trail. We hiked over 5 miles over steep inclines through the woods that ended in pre-Columbian rock carvings. The trail was littered with sizable hermit crabs, swarms of bats covered the roofs of abandoned buildings and the view from the top did not disappoint. We did, however, forget to bring water, a costly mistake in this heat.
Early Friday morning we headed back West and up to the North part of St. John. Apparently in St. John it is illegal to fish with fishing rods, but handlines are legal for some reason. Armed with this information, we dropped in a couple newly rigged handlines and pulled in a fish within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, an inedible barracuda. We sailed a quick, downwind 5 miles and had an action-packed day of drinking beer and eating ice cream on the beach until the sun started getting low.

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