While many all of the boating friends we’ve met since Antigua have moved South, we hung in Rodney bay for a few extra days to wait for S/V Windrifter and crew, John, Dora, and Romeo the cat. They are friends and neighbors from Maine! (Well, technically they are mostly from Massachusetts, but they lived aboard in Maine right next to us, two full years, so they get extra Maine points.)
- We left Maine in October, 2010
- They left in November.
- We went outside.
- They spent time in the Inland Waterway.
- We left No Name Harbor in Miami, Florida for the Bahamas on Christmas Day.
- They left Jensen Beach Florida for the Bahamas in March.
- We started in Bimini.
- They started in the Abacos.
Through it all, we’ve kept in touch via email and blogs (S/V Windrifter) when we have Internet access, and EW and I were delighted to hear they were in Martinque waiting for a weather window to head to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. It was an easy decision to wait a few extra days for them and buddy boat with long time Buddies.
We’ve broken bread together.
Dora and I have taken a walk – not quite the same as morning three mile exercise hikes in Maine, but definitely warmer. And steeper. We walked up for this view, came back down a different road to a dead end around the cove, so we walked back up to the view and back to the left side of the harbor. Four taxi drivers wanted stopped for us. We didn’t walk today.
It’s amazing to spend time with a sailing couple that we know. We have shared experiences from Maine – including our last big Northeaster on the docks in Maine in February of 2010. We’ve shrunk wrapped boats together, helped other live-aboards on the dock and learned from each other. We have a history.
It had been eight months since we’ve sat and talked and we fit back together like old friends.
Cruising gives us the opportunity to meet so many new people – and to enjoy learning about them, from them, and with them. Being with John and Dora reminds us that both EW and I value all of our friends, and that staying in touch is important to us. Over these next few months, we’ll explore with John and Dora, with cruisers we met on the way down, and with cruisers we’ll meet in Grenada. In the future, I can envision a time when we are delighted to again meet up with John and Dora and the friends we don’t yet know. This cruising life is like that, and that is one of the reasons I like this cruising life.