Lone horse & the sea on the northeast coast of St. Lucia hike

FLORIDA and ST. LUCIA, SUMMER 2017


FLORIDA

We have been remiss in posting updates lately, mostly because we have been busy travelling (land based), preparing the boat for hurricane season, and tackling various boat projects; all the while Randy finished up his post-op rotator cuff surgery rehabilitation. When the Captain’s sling finally came off, we all flew back home to Florida and had a spectacular visit with the boys’ grandparents.

Ryan, Jim (GrandpaSir), Lorraine (Nana) and Ronan

Ryan, Jim (GrandpaSir), Lorraine (Nana) and Ronan

The boys enjoyed going to the driving range with their “Grandpa-Sir,” the movies with their Nana, and over all being spoiled by both their grandparents.  As always, we all had a TERRIFIC time!!!

Ronan and Ryan, FL 2017

Ronan and Ryan, FL 2017

While in Florida, our youngest crew member, Ronan, had to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. The procedure went smoothly, and he enjoyed all of the recovery ice cream that followed! Regrettably, that means no scuba diving for him for at least the next several months. Once he was cleared to fly, we all returned to the Pilots’ Discretion back in St. Lucia.

We were thrilled, upon our return, to find our dear friends on M/V Seamantha were still tied up in Rodney Bay Marina. That meant lots of shared adventures ahead.

HIKING DONKEY BEACH ON THE NORTHEAST COAST OF ST. LUCIA (9.37 miles)

Our former Grenada hash (hiking) pals on M/V Seamantha suggested a “short” hike to Donkey Beach on the Northeast coast of St. Lucia. From Rodney Bay Marina (on the west coast of St. Lucia) we hiked across to the eastern side of the island and then headed up the northern coastline.

Ronan, hiking the mortheast coast of St. Lucia

Ronan, hiking the northeast coast of St. Lucia

Our hike led us to several peninsulas and across open fields filled with free roaming and grazing horses.

Lone horse & the sea on the northeast coast of St. Lucia hike

Lone horse & the sea on the northeast coast of St. Lucia hike

Horses on the northeast coast of St. Lucia hike

Horses on the northeast coast of St. Lucia hike

Our hiking buddies logged our hike, and other hikes on St. Lucia, on Wikiloc at: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=18443065

DIVING THE PITONS AND TURTLE REEF ON THE WEST COAST OF ST. LUCIA

After recovering from the arduous hike, we decided to set out with Dive Saint Lucia to explore the famous St. Lucian Pitons from below the sea. The Pitons dive is nick-named the “Superman dive” because of the strong current that runs along the base of the Pitons.

Theresa, Ronan, Ryan & Randy, dive boat, St. Lucia

Theresa, Ronan, Ryan & Randy, dive boat, St. Lucia

The second dive of the day was at “Turtle Cay,” appropriately named for the numerous sea turtles that inhabit the reef.

Sea snake, Turtle Reef, St. Lucia

Sea snake, Turtle Reef, St. Lucia

M/V Seamantha eventually set off to Martinique. Randy volunteered to tag along as crew (and  for a mini-vacation) in Le Marin. Details on that adventure to follow.

7 thoughts on “FLORIDA and ST. LUCIA, SUMMER 2017

  1. Barb Hebert

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed seeing all of you on this visit. Nice photo of boys and grandparents, too.

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  2. patti gragg

    Thank you so much for sharing what is happening now. My, how the boys have grown! Love the photo of the boys and your parents. Also, I’m going to make a copy of the photo of all of you preparing to jump in the water.It will make a great family photo. Carry on, Theresa. Will make contact with Randy when he returns from his adventure!
    Love to all of you.

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  3. Con Thrasher

    You guys all look great. Nice and healthy and happy. Those boys are becoming men quick. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Your old and good friend Condog.

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  4. Walter Blackwell

    Randy, wish we had spent more time – you are my kind of explorer, be it in books, people, travel, etc. We could have beeen somebodies – – this time I go vicariously- maybe on the next go around I will plan better. You are blessed so take full advantage of life. Walter

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    1. Randy

      Walter, you are loyal,bright with an uncompromising sense of right and wrong. All attributes that make calling you my friend easy. If you are looking for a job on the Pilots’ Discretion, we are looking for a wine steward. The last one was a little light on the pour😉

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      1. Blackwell

        White or red? Won’t be much left for rest when we stop pouring. still waiting to bust one of those “all you can eat” establishments. We have moved to Louisville Ky with Derby fever. Hope you can write book number two from our view or just a visit would top off my years perfectly. A friend indeed!

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