Thursday, February 19, 2009

Karen on the BVI Sailing Trip etc.

We took a sailing trip a couple of weeks ago to the British Virgin Islands - there were 12 of us - all friends from our neighborhood - we were on two sailboats and we toured around many of the islands - sailing all day - partying on the islands all evening - I had no idea there was so much involved in sailing - there were times when the swells would come up and our boat was literally on its side with the water higher than the boat - it was wild at times - other times it was smooth as glass - everyone had to work the sails and ropes to the skipper's orders - our skipper was from Jamaica - and we all loved him - he was raised on boats since he was a small boy and his father taught him everything he knew -- it was obvious there was nothing he could not handle - that was nice! I had no idea it was going to be so beautiful - the ocean- the skies - islands -- I discovered the color water will be in heaven - the bright, clear turquoise water that we saw there -- you could see the white sand on the bottom of the ocean floor - the water so clear and vibrant - I couldn't keep out of the water - swimming three hours at a time sometimes --- beautiful - we hiked through pirate caves that opened onto Devil's Bay - I was astounded by what we kept seeing - beauty everywhere - we ate at really unusual restaurants and what was on the islands ranged from undeveloped to the most luxurious of resorts - beaches so beautiful - the water was my favorite -- pina coladas and banana daiquiris were a constant --- but mostly the constant was... all of God's creations swirling together into one magnificent experience -- I still can't believe we were able to go - it is like a dream - it is a dream - a dream come true.

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