It is dark when we arrive at The Moorings at Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Seeing that Captain Rick is in a skipper's meeting, we find dinner on our own. The whole group meets at the boat, cabins are assigned, provisions are stowed, and eventually we all settle in for our first night on the boat.
Next morning, we are cleared and on our way! Rick is at the helm, and Al has a new role -- deckhand!
First stop is The Indians for some snorkeling. I am the only one of the group who has NEVER been snorkeling before. I am a little hesitant when doing something new, so I am grateful that Patty stayed with me and encouraged me the whole time. It took a while to work up to it, but I WAS able to relax and enjoy the view, seeing a school of fish pass below me.
We then moved on to catch a mooring buoy at The Bight, Norman Island. Fine dining for the trip was provided by Woody, but Rick and Christie also did some cooking. Well after dark, we took the dinghy to Willie T's, a barge bar in the bay for painkillers and dancing! And the first time running into the couple who had been in the custom's line behind us. We were the last two couples to clear, so we'd had quite a while to chat and become acquainted.
Woody had read about Norman Island and learned that the Pirate Blackbeard had used it as a lookout! The majority of the group hiked to the crest.
|Christie-C, Rick, Kristi-K, Woody, Amy|
There is a bar atop the island, with a singer. A group from California accost us and force us to join their conga line before we escape and enjoy this view.
|I call these 'The Painted Ladies of Virgin Gorda'|
|Finally a photo that shows the color and clarity of the water!|
|Taxi tour, Sage Mt.|
|Cane Garden Bay, from the taxi|
The next morning we sail as long as we can, around to the south side of Tortola and back around to Road Town, back to The Moorings. The boat is checked in quickly and we are shuttled to the ferry dock for the fast ride to St. Thomas, and the villa for rest and relaxation .
|The view below the deck|
|We had the upper room for two nights. The rest of the group stayed another three.|
|We bid a fond farewell|