On Island Time in Paradise with WFR Puerto Rico (He’s Back)

Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

 

January 27, 2013

culebra-travelParadise is almost anywhere you want it to be.  Right now paradise is just being here.  It has been a while since I last posted…a long while.  There has been a lot of water under the bridge wince I last posted but I am happy to say all is good with me and all is good with Sweet Pea.  We loved sailing our own boat all around the islands but we found that owning a boat is a lot like owning a house and you end up being tied to it in more ways than one.  Since my last post we weathered two hurricanes and have sailed from the Cozumel to the Caymans to Trinidad and scores of islands in between them.  The past months have been a trip both literally and figuratively with highs and lows enough for a lifetime.

I am going to try to give the very abbreviated version of the past four months.  We have become pretty good sailors.  We have enjoyed the freedom a boat like ours gave us but while we saved money on many things as a result of owning her we also had some pretty big expenses because of her.  When the original owner contacted me asking if I would like to sell her, we jumped at the opportunity.  He offered me a little more than we paid and he is the proud owner once again and we are back to hitching rides, camping on the beach and renting rooms by the night and by the week to stay out of the weather.

I have told you the high season is not my favorite time in the islands so we have done our best to stay as far away from the tourists as we can.  Snow birds mean a lot to the economy of all of these islands but they make it really miserable for those of us who stay here all of the time.

For the past week we have been exploring the small Isla de Culebra which sits just 20 miles or so off the east end of Puerto Rico.  We have been able to avoids some of the crowds here and enjoy some good company, good food and cold beer. The weather has been fantastic as always and it has been a pleasure just hanging out. The other night we went to El Eden and enjoyed a really good meal of and some icy Caribbean drinks.  We also ate a meal at a place called Susie’s or something like that.  We liked it, too. Most of the time here we have shopped the markets and enjoyed the small stands the locals have told us about.

4427623-bike_trekking_Isla_de_CulebraIf all goes as planned, we will be leaving here tomorrow.  We have potentially hitched a ride south on a boat from Saint Kitts.

The sun has been down for quite a while. The temperature is in the upper 70s and there is a light breeze blowing out of the northwest.  Honestly, the wind is a little cool and I can smell rain coming…there is a clean smell in the air that only rain can bring.

William Fair Roberts…on island time in paradise.

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