ZTC is off to JVD
Our anchorage last night at Francis Bay may have been only 2 miles farther down the coast from Hawksnest, where we spent Wednesday, but it was an entirely more protected place to stop with the land by Mary’s Point blocking much of the northerly swell that’s running now. Thank God!
After securing another mooring (again, we have no choice but to take a mooring — anchoring is not permitted), we hopped in the dinghy and went to shore to explore a bit. The park is pretty organized when it comes to these moorings in that they have floating pay stations where you can just pull up in your dinghy and drop the money in a slot. Pretty cool because they’re very easy to spot as opposed to a drop box on land. We still ended up with the mooring banging on the boat during slack tide though. That I don’t like!
Rebecca and I hiked around a bit, sometimes on trails and other times on roads. The big hills can make for some challenging walking! As you can see from the pics below we came across some ruins, which are always fun, some less-than-shy deer and of course some beautiful scenery.
Today we’re going to make the jump from the USVI to the BVI (British Virgin Islands), specifically we’ll be traveling to Jost Van Dyke. We’ll have to clear customs there as we are switching countries even though I imagine it’s pretty laid back moving between the two. Time will tell.
Note: One thing I have failed to mention, showing again just how cool the cruising community can be, is that we have had unexpected gifts bestowed upon us twice in the last few days. First, while docked at Crown Bay, awaiting the delivery of our new batteries, we were hailed on the radio by June and Steve from the s/v Windsong, a couple we had crossed paths with back in the Bahamas. They had apparently seen us motor by from their anchorage just outside the marina and not only did they drop by to say hello, they came bearing a gift of some nice cold Heineken (beer). That’s how you make friends! And yesterday, just before casting off to move our boat, Mike from Happy Times dinghied over to deliver a still-warm-from-the-oven loaf of bread. Now I understand that giving away this bread made him somewhat unpopular with his crew (read their blog for the details), which makes the gesture even more appreciated. We love cruisers!