Davey, Davey Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier!! Tennesseans Bob and Michelle came aboard Bel Ami in February to celebrate their 25th anniversary. They brought with them their delightful southern twang, made more twangier by all the food plucking the wire strings of Michelle’s braces. And food did they eat! The trip started off by friend Scotty bringing us a couple of fresh caught caribbean lobsters which they proceeded to demolish tout suite (Bel Ami is a bateau Francais after all…). After our first night in Christmas Cove, we sailed up to Jost Van Dyke to spend the day at White Bay, then the evening at Ali Baba’s in Great Harbor watching the first half of the Superbowl where we left at halftime with the score 28-3 Atlanta Falcons over Boston Patriots. Little did we know the game would turn into a cliffhanger at the very end, with the Patriots winning in overtime 34-28. Next day we sailed to Norman Island and partied at Willi-Ts that night, sharing a shot-ski and getting a little wild! Hiked the ridge line of Norman Island the next morning, then snorkeled the caves seeking treasure. That afternoon we set sail to St. John, and enjoyed Salt Pond Bay, hiking Drunk Bay and up to Ram’s Head and snorkeling. Then on to Coral Harbor where we took the scenic tour and ended up at Skinny Legs, where Bob devoured a grilled pineapple, BBQ sauce, jalopeno cheddar cheese burger. It was QUITE the burger! We went back to the boat under the wonderful snow moonlight and motored over to hurricane hole where we spent the rest of a very quite evening. After a very relaxing morning we sailed into the Sir Francis Drake Channel, tacking downwind to Leinster Bay, arriving mid-afternoon. Took an wonderful later afternoon and twilight hike up to the ruins of John Murphy’s house and explored the ruins of the old settlement at Leinster Bay/Watermelon Cay. Next morning saw Bob and Michelle snorkeling Waterlemon (aka Watermelon) Cay.
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