Pay It Forward
Hog Island, a protected little anchorage on the southeast coast of Grenada, is where ZTC now sits. The bay is protected by numerous reefs, marked with a pretty sketchy set of markers (or lack of markers is probably a better way to describe it). As you can imagine, we were pretty happy to motor through the entrance yesterday, instantly protected from the 20-25 knot trade winds that were blowing just outside. But that wasn’t the only reason we were happy to be there.
Back in August 2009, we received a very nice message from another Canadian couple who were in Grenada on their PDQ (36). Since that time, we have traded countless emails with our internet “pen pals” and they have tirelessly mentored us through first, our preparations to get ready to cruise and later, the trials that we underwent on the way south. The amount of time and information that they shared with us is typical of what you might expect good friends to do for one another, but yet, we had never met these two. As we thanked them time and time again, their only request is that we too try to Pay It Forward, and help others with similar goals and dreams. Hopefully, my efforts with this blog are, at least in some small way, living up to that.
So, as we were making our final approach to Hog Island, Rebecca on the bow spotting our way through the reefs and me at the helm, we received a cheery hail on the VHF from our “old” friends who were also comfortably at anchor there. After squaring ZTC away, we spent the next 5 hours on the beach with our friends, sharing cold beer and stories. Happy times!
Me, as a child. 😉