First thing every morning we take the dinghy over to the beach and head out for a hike on one of the many trails. There are so many trails we've still not done them all. Each day there's a bit of climbing, walking on the hilltop trails with expansive views of the ocean and harbor, then down into valleys thick with palms, a variety of trees and bushes, across sugar white sandy beaches, scrambling across huge boulders, tucking into little caves. It's all good. We generally hike for a couple of hours before heading back to the boat so Coleen can get busy with school lessons and I can do a few little boat projects.
Late afternoon we're at Volley Ball beach, so Coleen can play with other kids and enjoy climbing trees, swinging and swimming. Then it's back to the boat for a late dinner, a quick clean up and before you know it its' bedtime.
On Saturday, I packed a picnic breakfast of strawberry muffins and apples and we set out to hike to the end of the island. We didn't quite make it as both Coleen and Prince gave out about 3/4 of the way there. We could see the end, but they were both done. We had to carry the little dog most of the way back. When he's done, he's done. He just finds a spot in the shade and refuses to get up. But then I guess in chihuahua legs he'd gone a hundred miles! We had a nice little picnic under the shade of some causarina trees and enjoyed reading aloud a very old book about the Trade Winds. We took a swim to cool off a bit and then headed back. It was almost 2 p.m. by the time we got back to the boat. We quickly made some frozen drinks, I made a stir fry for lunch and then enjoyed a long nap in the hammock under the shade awning on the foredeck.
This week the weather is supposed to be rather awful so we're going to scoot a few miles down the harbor to another anchorage that is supposed to have 360 degree protection. It will be a good time to bring out the rainy day projects.