Another fun thing when cruising is having visitors. We just finished spending a week with old friends, Ed and Ellen Antal, who flew down from New Jersey to be with us in Antigua.
Having guests sure breaks up the routine. We love showing off our boat, our sailing skills, and the wonderful places that we get to experience. This past week was filled with philosophical discussions, some card playing, lots of swimming and snorkeling, and plenty of bragging on our kids.
The boat does feel a bit smaller with four people on board, but it works very well for that number. The main downside is that we have to eat meals in the Saloon, rather than in the cockpit. Our cockpit table really can only handle two people.
Now we are in a bit of a hurry to get up to St. Martin, where we will meet our daughter, Esther, and her friend James for a week on the boat, and then visit with Gretchen's mother for another week. The forecast is for strong winds and fairly big waves, so we should have some lively sailing the next few days.