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Published: February 6th 2010
The Day of the Dingy
Freddie checks out the dingy that we will be renting for the day . . . YIKES
Wednesday night and Thursday:
Grilled lobster dinner on the beach, Wednesday night at One Love was incredible. There were about 30 of us for dinner and were seated at tables with flickering LED candles. Tiki torches lit up the beach all the way down to the West end of White Bay. Our food was delicious and dessert well, words just can't describe the key lime pie and Dolce de Leche cheesecake. We went to Foxy's to upload the blog and have a few post dinner cocktails. The place was pretty dead...no rope man.
Today, Thursday was our rent -a- dingy day....this was a disaster last year and we hoped not to have a repeat. The weather today was perfect...blue sky and calm seas....but as usual, no guarantees. We drove to Foxy's Taboo to pick up our dingy at 10 AM. We found one dingy tied to the dock...was that ours???? NO!!!!! Ours was the one on the beach with a fresh stripe of sicaflex on one of the tubes, beer bottles and flip flops floating in the skanky water inside the boat . The sicaflex still tacky and was a feeble attempt to stop the air leak....very feeble.
Freddie Checks Out Our Dinghy
Is that our dinghy for the day? YIKES!
We let Freddie decide whether we should go ahead with our plans to rent this piece of junk and could hear Din Din yelling at us “What are you thinking...you're crazy!!!!” Freddie said we'd rent the boat as long as the air pump came along with it.
We loaded our snorkel gear, cooler and air pump and headed out from Diamond Cay to Sandy Spit full of hope and anticipation. We were so wrong!!! We got about 60' from shore and the engine died....great...just our luck...again!!! Why do the sea gods hate us so much and delight in seeing us bobbing about the bay with a dead outboard engine!!! Why us!!! Well long story short...the rental guy came flying out in another dingy to help us out. Turns out he had hooked up the gas line from the gas tank to the outboard, in the wrong direction so no gas was getting to the motor. He kept pointing out the arrow on the hose and saying “see it goes this way”. Great pal...so glad you figured it out.
Lisa was clearly more than a little skeptical now and suggested we motor around the moorings to see if
The Newest Patch
"What do you think Linda??"
everything worked ok...and it did so once again we headed to Sandy Cay. We managed to beach the boat on the island without running over David this year so things were looking up. We set up my blanket in the shade and did a quick walk around the island. More folks came ashore and always stared at our dingy...especially once the one tube started deflating and looking very wrinkly. Imagine that!!!!
We snorkeled, ate lunch and just relaxed. After a few hours we packed things up and headed to a small beach on Little Jost Van Dyke that the rental guy had recommended. This is where we found the next boat somebody would probably try to rent to us. Its the blue one with the sewing machine inside it in the photos. There were lots of pelicans about so we knew we'd find fish. Lisa and I donned our snorkel gear and let me tell you...it was the best!!! There were huge schools of bait fish close to the beach...so cool to swim through. We found a variety of corals and fish (blue tang, stoplight parrot fish, yellow tangs, bandit butterfly, four-eyed butterfly fish, etc.) that the photos don't
Landed at Sandy Spit
This reminds us of the forboding reef on "CASTAWAY"
do justice to but I tried. Cruised around Little JVD before heading back to Diamond Cay.
We brought back the dingy a few hours earlier than we needed to....surprised?....No I didn't think so! On our way back to Diamond Cay saw two sea turtles - sooooo great to see! Did some shopping and had cocktails at Foxy's Taboo (did we mention the BEST pizza is here) before heading home. Tonight should be low key....before dinner drinks, burgers and dogs cooked on the grill (now that we have more charcoal) and maybe another game of “Apple to Apples” and a movie....we sound like such old farts but we're having a great time anyway!!!! (It's only 7:00 pm - night's still young . . .)
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