Last week, Cindy finished up her last physical therapy appointment and had her follow-up appointment with the orthopedist, while I finished up my nineteenth shift in the emergency department for the month. On Thursday, the 28th, at 6:00 a.m., we boarded our respective flights in Akron and Portland to rendezvous in Atlanta for the return trip to the Caribbean. I hurried from one end of the massive Atlanta airport to the other to arrive just as our zone was boarding. Then, four hours later, we landed in Sint Maarten.
Immediately, it felt good to be back, but it seems to always take me two or three days at least to unwind and readjust to the laid-back attitude of the islands. We were, of course, tired from an exhausting month in the states and were greeted by the usual boat-related tasks upon arrival. After emailing and calling Garmin all month, our electronics (wind and water temperature) are still not working. Although we cleaned the hull prior to leaving, the growth on the bottom of Beatitude over the last four weeks has been monumental. In fact, some of the inlets are clogged with growth. Our port engine is not getting raw water flow. So, we’ll have to hire divers to dive and clean the bottom once again.
By Saturday, we were feeling a little better, however. We rented a car and took a drive around the island, enjoying the vistas of the mountains and the sea. On the French side of the island, we stopped at a really cool butterfly farm. I must admit that my expectations were low when Cindy suggested we stop. But, the variety of butterflies from all over the world were amazing, and our guide was funny and informative.
Before returning to Beatitude, we stopped for a late lunch (around 2:45) at a delightful French bistro in Marigot (the primary city on the French side of the island) called O Plongeoir, which served the best bruschetta on earth! Afterwards, we stopped at the grocery store, enjoying the challenge of reading all the labels in French and doing the mental math of converting Euros to US Dollars.