Yep, I’m 48 now. While Genny was taking her dive class I realized I got my divemaster card when I was 24, half a lifetime ago. Over the last few days we’ve been trying to decide what special thing we should do for my birthday. Maybe go to a nice beach for the day, that’s not special we do it every day. How about cocktails with friends, nope, we do that every day too. Let’s see, we could go snorkeling on a tropical reef, another daily activity. After we went through the list of fun things, it was decided I should spend the day laying in this hammock under a tree.
Can you see me sitting still for anymore than 5 minutes? I laid there just long enough for the picture. Instead I spent the morning doing things I like to do. Get the schoolwork out of the way, breakfast, waxed a part of the boat that’s been bugging me, and then went snorkeling.
For mother’s day I usually request Eric spend a romantic day with me cleaning his garage. Since it’s mother’s day and it doesn’t touch the bank account, he usually complies. Today I asked him for my birthday to clean out a pile of stuff on the chart table. He looked mortified that I would do that to him. I think the pile is half as high now, because we went snorkeling with Topaz instead.
There is a grassy shoal, about a quarter acre, with coral heads here and there right off the stern of our boat. We take Topaz over there to do her potty in the morning. Orion says she’d doing her Jesus impression. When you look out there in the middle of the bay, all you see it Topaz running around on the water.
The water is shallow, warm, and clear. I went back for Roy and the camera. He went right to work fishing. We found several lobster in little hidey holes, unfortunately they were only the size of a shrimp.
Roy loves fishing. He’s been loving this anchorage because the Bar Jack fish that hang out under the boat are 12+ inches long, and there’s usually a barracuda following them around. Today the barracuda came up and grabbed Roy’s fish, took off with it and finally ripped it off the hook.
Conch were also easy to spot and easy to catch, they don’t move too fast. Roy thought we should try some for dinner.
When I lived in Hawaii in the late 1980′s we brought home a conch one time. Someone had the bright idea to put a fish hook in the meat and hang it until the snail let go. Well, that never happened. That conch hung out in the back yard attracting ants and flies until the day we moved. This time we decided to google the problem. Did I ever say how much I love to have internet at remote anchorages? We quickly found a youtube video to show us what to do.
I was a little disappointed by how little meat came out of that big shell. Google also provided a conch fritter recipe that was very tasty. I think we’ll leave the conchs alone until we find bigger ones.
While the kids ran around the boat like wild animals, the adults went to the beach for cocktails. Today is our last day with Orion and my girlfriends, sisters Nancy and Anita. They are staying in Antigua for a few more weeks and we’re pushing on to BVI to meet our much anticipated guests.
Boo Hoo, we’ll miss them. We made all kinds of plans for them to come visit in the Bahamas next year, and us to join them at Rocky Point in Mexico when we go home. Lucky for us, they live in Arizona, only one state away and we pass through there every summer on the way to Colorado.
Notice I’m wearing a new bathing suit. I decided to get dressed up for my birthday, I guess this is my ‘Birthday Suit’.
Anita is a fabulous cook, she made jalapeno cheese bread with candles, and spaghetti with meatballs, and garlic bread. Genny made a Funfetti cake and I made Tortuga Rum Cake. Unlike our days in Grenada, we eat very well now. I guess I’ll have to start my diet tomorrow