46 NM TRAVELED
ANCHORED IN SUN BAY JUST EAST OF ESPERANZA ON VIEQUES ISLAND
SUNRISE: 6:52 AM
SUNSET: 6: 24 PM
Dan had one little chore to complete before we set off this morning. He installed our replacement solar anchor light. Our old one had gotten broken and we finally got a new one in the Ponce Home Depot. Even though we use our bright anchor light, this one acts as a supplement and goes on automatically if we happen to forget.
|SEE MY LITTLE LIGHT THINGY WAY UP TOP??|
Vieques Island, today’s destination, is part of the Spanish Virgin Islands. It is known historically as the sight of protests lodged against the US Navy's continued use of the island as a bombing range and testing grounds. Due to those widespread protests the Navy departed from the Island in 2006 but you'd best not be picking up any strange metal devices off the beach!!!
We sailed along the southern coast of Puert Rico then cut right across to Esperanza on the southern shore of Viequez. Passing up the anchorage right in front of the village of Esperanza, we preceded a little further to drop the hook in Sun Bay. The beach was sandy, the water clear and warmish and the setting divine. Unfortunately the side swells had us rolling just a bit too much for comfort so Quest got a stern anchor that alleviated the problem.
|ROBERT CATCHING SOME RAYS|
|STEFFI TRYING TO CAPTURE THE MAGIC WITH PHOTOS|
|NOT SUCH A BAD VIEW FROM OUR BACK DOOR!|
|QUEST AT REST|
With all our swimming and anchoring done, we hopped into the con-Quest and jammed over to the bustling town of Esperanza. Passing through the anchorage area we spied S/V Meant To Be and chatted just long enough to find that they are leaving tomorrow for St. John. Funny how you keep running into the same cruisers.
Esperanza was a beehive of activity. The local were enjoying their long weekend and folks from both Vermont and Massachusetts had descended here for their much needed “winter break”. We shared some great ribs at Belly Buttons while we used their Wi-Fi to check up on the cruising weather predictions. Next we snapped up a bacalaitos from a street vendor. These savory ‘pancakes’ are made with codfish, tomatoes and sofrito in a flour batter that is pried. Yummy!!
|THE TOWN OF ESPERANZA|
It was full-on dark when we made our way back to Quest and the night’s sky displayed a huge array of twinkling lights for our enjoyment. There is a short Robert Louise Stevenson’s poem from A Child’s Garden of Verses that I remember reading as a youngster. It kind of sums up how extremely fortunate I feel.
The world is so full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.