The middle of this week was spent relaxing and enjoying the wonderful vistas of Ensenada Honda from the deck of Beatitude. We enjoyed some really good food from Zaco’s Tacos and The Dinghy Dock. We invited Ric and Sherry over for dinner on Tuesday night. Cindy cooked up some tasty lasagna for the evening. Wednesday morning, I went scuba diving with the local dive company. While enjoyable, the water clarity was no where near that of the Turks and Caicos, my last dive spot. The water visibility in the T&C was at least 100 feet, in Culebra it might have been 35 feet. It was still nice though, and a short 4 1/2 minute video of my diving is included in this post. Cindy had a day dedicated to her art and painting. On Wednesday evening, we attended the Ash Wednesday service at Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church. We love the friendliness and jocundity of the priest.
Today, we weighed anchor just after 7 a.m. (which required cutting some fishing line entangled with seaweed off our anchor chain). Twenty-four nautical miles later we tied to the docks at Sunbay Marina in Fajardo, a boating center located in northeastern Puerto Rico. The passage was pleasant enough. There was a 2-3 foot swell from the NE mixed up with 2-3 foot wind-driven waves from the SE. Since we were headed ENE, this worked out fine for us. The most exciting thing about are short passage today, and another first for Beatitude, was a whale sighting! We’ve listened with some jealousy when other boats have mentioned the whales they’ve encountered in their travels. Well, today, about half-way across the Vieques Sound, we spotted our first whale! If only I had been faster with the camera, you could enjoy a nice picture of the tail-flukes as they were raised and then slipped into the water. But, alas, I only have the tiniest sliver of fluke and a small splash on the photo. It was magical, anyway. First, we saw the body and spray from the blow hole, and then we saw the tail gracefully rise and fall into the water about 75 yards from the boat. Hopefully, this will be the first of many more.
We returned to the main island of Puerto Rico primarily to pick up guests. Tomorrow, our cherished friends, Justin and Shera from Charleston, will fly into Puerto Rico for 7 days and nights aboard Beatitude. We’re so excited to share this wonderful place with them. We’ll probably head back to the Spanish Virgin Islands for a few days and then do a little exploring of the main island before they return home. This afternoon, we did some laundry. Tomorrow, we’ll rent a car and do some shopping prior to picking our guests up at the airport in San Juan.
Here’s the dive video from Culebra: