We made the overnight crossing to Anguilla on Wednesday night, the 16th of March. For the past three days we’ve been unwinding and relaxing (along with a little work). On Thursday morning we dropped anchor in Road Bay, the main harbour for clearing in on Anguilla. After a two hour nap, we dinghied in to the town dinghy dock and cleared customs and immigration, a quick and painless process. It cost us all of $23.00 to clear into Anguilla. Afterwards, we had lunch at Elvis’ Beach Bar and Grill. We then returned to the boat for the evening. I don’t know if it is the fact that we’re moving closer and closer to the equator or if it is just that spring is nearly upon us, but the mid-day sun is getting hotter. We took a dip into the turquoise waters just behind the boat to cool off. Later, we watched the latest James Bond flick, Sceptre.
On Friday, we took Dalí into lunch again, this time dining at the Dolce Vita, a very nice Italian restaurant right on the beach. The panini were very good. The setting was fantastic. When we returned to Beatitude, we jumped into the water once again to cool off. Then, I dug out all my financial records from 2015 in order to do my income taxes. I’ve used Turbo Tax for the last ten years or more and I am using it this year as well. As much as I had been dreading doing my taxes, the whole process was fairly painless. My taxes were a little more complicated this year seeing how I was an employee up until April and an independent contractor afterwards. But, it all went well and my greatest fears were not realized — owing a lot of extra taxes from my eight months as a locums physician. The bottom line came in much lower than I had feared. Thank God! To celebrate, we enjoyed a rum runner and watched the excellent Tom Hanks movie, Bridge of Spies. It was great. I’d highly recommend it.
Today, Saturday, the 19th, I went scuba diving in the morning. We dove a reef on the first dive and a wreck on the second. At some point, video will be forthcoming. Cindy drove the dinghy in to drop me off, returned to the boat, and returned to pick me up. This was her first time handling Dalí on her own. I’m proud of her! The diving was great and I look forward to diving again while here. Upon returning to Beatitude, we hurriedly changed and dinghied in to pick up our rental car. We rented it for a couple of days, one reason for which was to drive into church on Sunday. We went for a drive and got a little lost on the island, finally ending up at Rendezvous Bay on the south side of the island. We had burgers on the beach at Coconuts Beach Bar and Grill. Everywhere you turn on this island is a gorgeous white sand beach and turquoise waters. After hanging out at Coconuts, we drove the length of the island to the eat end, passing through the capital, The Valley, along the way. We found an Anglican Church to attend tomorrow morning. Finally, we returned to Road Bay and revisited Elvis’ for snacks and drinks and wifi.