Saturday, December 22, 2012

Launch!

We had a very, very long day traveling from Switzerland to Grenada.  We spent the night in a hotel near the airport in Z├╝rich, and set the alarm for 5:00 am to catch a 7:00 am flight.  Three flights later, we arrived at our hotel in Grenada at 10:00 pm.  With the time zone change, that adds up to 22 hours.  But great to be here!



We spent two days buying provisions, unpacking, and generally cleaning up the boat.  Lots and lots of stuff to put away.  Then, on Wednesday, we launched.

We have been at anchor since then, continuing boat chores and provisioning.  We are waiting for some replacement parts for our instruments, so we will be in the area for at least another week and a half.  We are hoping to participate in an event sponsored by the "Hash House Harrier" which is kind of a goofy walk/run/drink event.  You can find out more at http://www.grenadahash.com/home.  Hopefully, we'll soon have some time for relaxing.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Nearly Time

As the darkness of winter descends in Switzerland, we are counting the days before our transition to the Caribbean.  We had a lovely day today, with a bit of sun in the afternoon, and a beautiful snow-covered landscape in all directions.  But the sun is up late and down early, and the forecast is for clouds, fog, sleet and snow.

We have been working on our to-do lists for launching the boat, our provisioning plans, and our (very preliminary) itinerary for the season.  This is fun --- helps us focus on the sunshine to come and not on the "hochnebel" (fog) of today.  We are also starting to feel a bit sad about leaving our Swiss friends for such a long time.  And looking forward to seeing our Caribbean friends again.