Friends from Idaho by Christine

We were so happy to have friends from Idaho visit us this last week.  It was a fantastic week that went by too quickly.  Bill and Tawny arrived first followed by David and Valerie the next day.  As all you cruisers know, we had sent them a ‘wish list’ of things to bring, ranked in order with the most serious needed items first.  How did Cheetos end up on the top of our list anyway?

I took the dinghy to the dock in Georgetown to pick up the LaVigne’s.  It was such a strange sight to see them standing there.  I asked, “How did you get here?”  Valerie looked at me and said, “On a plane, silly.”  Well, of course on a plane, but to me our journey has been so long (months) and slow (5 knots) that I could not fathom how they just appeared out of nowhere down here.

Both couples brought an extra bag stuffed to the brim with our requests ranging from food to clothing to personal items to a pot holder.  One of my pot holders blew away from me at the grill on the stern of the boat a while back and I could not get to it in time to rescue it.  Thank you Reynolds for sending your beloved, sentimental pot holder.  I will try not to let this one get blown overboard.  Thanks for all the other special items you sent.  They mean a lot to us.

The Cooks, thank you for sending the photo book.  We love it and show it to all of our boat neighbors.  The boys loved seeing pictures of their guinea pigs.  Many thanks again for taking care of the girls while we are gone.  What a commitment!

LaVigne’s, thank you for the Valentine treats, etc.  As always, you are so thoughtful.

Flanders, thanks for all the goodies and for lugging it all along.  We seriously could not do this trip without friends like you.

David, Tawny and Bill in cockpit of Truansea.

David, Tawny and Bill in cockpit of Truansea.

Tawny and Valerie studying our Explorer chart of the area.

Tawny and Valerie studying our Explorer chart of the area while Logan looks on.

Bill, Logan & Cole on the bow.  The boys love popping in and out of the v-berth hatch.

Bill, Logan & Cole on the bow. The boys love popping in and out of the v-berth hatch.  Bill also spent an afternoon teaching math.  Thanks Bill!

David taking a turn on the wheel of Truansea from Red Shanks to Sand Dollar.

David taking a turn on the wheel of Truansea from Red Shanks to Sand Dollar with Mark enjoying the company.

Valerie getting ready to snorkel.

Valerie getting ready to snorkel.

Tawny getting ready to make the leap and try snorkeling.

Tawny getting ready to make the leap and try snorkeling.

Valerie snorkeling around Truansea.

Valerie snorkeling around Truansea.

The girls on our stern getting ready to explore.

The girls on our stern getting ready to explore.

Valerie and Tawny relaxing after snorkeling.

Valerie and Tawny relaxing after snorkeling.

One of the many beautiful fish they saw snorkeling.

One of the many beautiful fish they saw snorkeling.

The hunt is on.

The hunt is on.

David and Bill with the lobster.  It was a team effort of 3 of the guys to get him speared.

David and Bill with the lobster. It was a team effort of 3 of the guys to get him speared.

David, Logan, Mark and Bill returning from a successful fishing expedition.

David, Logan, Mark and Bill returning from a successful fishing expedition.

The day would not be complete without fried lobster, fish fillets and sushi.  Logan made the sushi for our guests.  What a great dinner on the boat.

The day would not be complete without fried lobster, fish fillets and sushi. Logan made the sushi for our guests. What a great dinner on the boat.

Bill ready for Logan to teach him how to make sushi.

Bill ready for Logan to teach him how to make sushi.

Of course Tawny was drug into the process as well.  Bill became an expert sushi maker by the end of the evening.  Tawny and I became expert sushi eaters!

Of course Tawny was drug into the process as well. Bill became an expert sushi maker by the end of the evening. Tawny and I became expert sushi eaters!

David just being David.

David just being David.

David seriously getting ready to cook the lobster in our boat.

David seriously getting ready to cook the lobster in our boat.

The first 3 days they were here, the weather was good so we took full advantage of the nice weather spending time on the boat, snorkeling, fishing, etc.  A strong front blew in the 4th day so we holed up at our favorite protected anchorage while our friends had time to take a guided trip to Staniel to snorkel the grotto, swim with the nurse sharks, see the swimming pigs at Big Majors and see the Iguanas.  Another day they took the water taxi to Stocking Island to hike and spend time on the sound side of the beautiful beach.  We were able to catch up with them on the last day again when the winds died down some.

Would you believe we never took a group picture?  Time goes by so quickly.  We enjoyed every moment we were able to spend with them.  Have a safe trip home.  Again, thank you for all you did for us and all the goodies you brought us!

Fair winds ~ Christine

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One thought on “Friends from Idaho by Christine

  1. Christine, I know how Cheetos ended up at the top of the list!! How many bags of Cheetos and cans of Diet Coke have we gone through together?!?!?! LOL

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