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November 25th 2014
Published: November 26th 2014
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A new cruising season is upon us but I never posted a final blog from last season! Here's the update, past and current:

We sailed from Vieques back to Culebra in order to pick up my brother and sister in law at the airport in early June. Once again, we explored the lovely anchorages and beaches of Culebra. This time we were able to enjoy the ‘hot tub’ on Culebrita – it was too rough to swim in when Peg was with us. We walked a different path to Flamenco Beach only to find confusing signs when we arrived near the beach – one warning for unexploded ordnances, the other indicating it was a tsunami escape route! After a week of snorkeling, swimming and relaxing, it was time to make our way to the marina at Puerto del Rey in Fajardo, Puerto Rico where the boat would be stored for hurricane season. With the help of our guests, we removed the sails, dodger, bimini, etc. – anything that would create windage in a hurricane. It all got stored in a storage unit near San Juan. We took time out for a visit to El Yunque National Forest and Old San
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Short and scenic flight from San Juan for Bob & Madeline
Juan, two of Puerto Rico’s popular tourist destinations. Finally, Whisper was hauled, placed on jack stands, tied down to the special hurricane tie downs, and closed up for the season. We silently hoped that the hurricane season would be uneventful (which it was).

Before leaving Puerto Rico, we took a driving tour around the island. Puerto Rico is quite hilly in the middle, and the major highways mainly go along the coastal areas. Except for the southeast part of the island where we started our tour. Our drive to Salinas took us over some very scenic, narrow, twisty mountain roads. We stuck to the main highways after that drive. Our first overnight stop was in Ponce, where the historic district was similar to Old San Juan but on a smaller scale. There is a really nice park along the waterfront, which would have been even nicer if it wasn’t for the trash piled up and blowing around. A common site in the islands, unfortunately. We took a few detours on the way to our next stop, Agaudilla, but the best was in Mayaguez where we ended up at a car show in the center of town! Our drive along the north coast was uneventful – not much to see and we were ready to head home.

After a busy, productive summer/fall, we’re back in Fajardo. Whisper was splashed a week ago and floats gently in a slip at Puerto del Rey Marina. We’ve been cleaning, storing things, waiting for parts, shopping for provisions, and sweating. It’s hot and muggy, with highs in the upper 80’s and low 90’s. Some days, like today and yesterday, are very showery, some have been sunny all day. When it’s not raining, we open the hatches to get air through the boat, then run like crazy to close them when a squall comes through. It’s one of the many unusual ways to get exercise on a boat!

We don’t know when we’re leaving here, and don’t know where we’ll end up once we do leave. But we’ll let you know when we get there!

Happy Thanksgiving from Whisper’s crew.

Additional photos below
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There were no warning signs where we started our hike!
In the slipIn the slip
In the slip

Sails are off and the process to empty the boat began
View from Castillo de San Felipe del MorroView from Castillo de San Felipe del Morro
View from Castillo de San Felipe del Morro

Guarding the harbor at San Juan

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