Back in Sint Maarten

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.

Cindy's physical therapist, Brian, taking delight in inflicting torture on the patient in rehab.

Cindy’s physical therapist, Brian, taking delight in inflicting torture on the patient in rehab.

Beatitude, still afloat, one month after leaving her.

Beatitude, still afloat, one month after leaving her.

Home, Sweet Home!

Home, Sweet Home!

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.

Lunch at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club

Lunch at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club

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.

Looking out over Simpson Bay from the route to Philipsburg.

Looking out over Simpson Bay from the route to Philipsburg.

Driving the roads of Sint Maarten.

Driving the roads of Sint Maarten.

Driving in downtown Philipsburg.

Driving in downtown Philipsburg.

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Wasp and bird drinking from Butterfly feeder.

Wasp and bird drinking from Butterfly feeder.

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The "hatchery"

The “hatchery”

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Look at all these multi-colored chrysalises!

Look at all these multi-colored chrysalises!

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Now that's a caterpillar!

Now that’s a caterpillar!

Our tour guide showing us the owl pattern on this butterfly

Our tour guide showing us the owl pattern on this butterfly

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Butterfly eggs.

Butterfly eggs.

I tried in vain to take photos of this butterfly as it fluttered around the farm.  Fortunately our guide caught it and put its beautiful blue winds on display.

I tried in vain to take photos of this butterfly as it fluttered around the farm. Fortunately our guide caught it and put its beautiful blue winds on display.

Another impressive caterpillar.

Another impressive caterpillar.

Cool caterpillar.

Cool caterpillar.

Cindy with a huge moth.  I learned that moths land with their wings out while butterflies land with their wings closed together.  Who knew!?

Cindy with a huge moth. I learned that moths land with their wings out while butterflies land with their wings closed together. Who knew!?

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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.

We're in France (sort of)!

We’re in France (sort of)!

O Plongeoir, our lunch spot!

O Plongeoir, our lunch spot!

A meal at a French Bistro

A meal at a French Bistro

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10 thoughts on “Back in Sint Maarten

  1. Oh wow those butterflies are amazing. Glad you made it back to beatitude safely now time to relax and enjoy the reason you do what you do.

  2. Love the pictures of the butterflies and caterpillars!!! You look great Cindy…
    You really bounced back fast!!!

  3. Glad your flights went well & your back (except I miss you!) thankful Cindys surgery went so well! Those butterflies are gorgeous!! Love ya

  4. Wonderful pictures. We are reviving our butterfly garden right now. I like the variety you saw. Enjoy your time together

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