Wanted to do something special to kick off our new year as officially retired people on a Caribbean island……. so I chartered a 46′ sail boat for a private dinner sun set sail around the beautiful island of Bonaire. (Compass Bonaire – highly recommend these folks for your on the water wants if you come to the island) We left out of port just a couple of blocks from our house about 2:30 in the afternoon. We were instantly poured a large glass of Crown and Coke and away we went. We were treated to many wonderful type snacks as we sailed out past Klein Bonaire (Little Bonaire) skirting a large rain storm coming across the island. The sights were amazing, flying fish jumping and flying along side the boat while watching the coast line as we sailed…… listening only to the wind going past your ears and the occasional flap of the sails. No motor humming to listen to……………….
Finally moored up on the leeward side of Klein Bonaire and was treated to a wonderful steak and seafood dinner prepared wonderfully by our crew (Wim and Jeannette). The sides were almost as amazing as the entrée. We then pulled off mooring and headed back to port under a wonderfully gorgeous ‘Supermoon’ as we watched the island light up and watched passing boats and the palm trees highlighted in the glow of the moon. I tried to get some pictures of it – but my camera just cannot do justice to the beauty of what we were seeing. I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance~!
Back at the apartment now, listening to even more fireworks going off……. what a great way to start off a new year~! We pull out of here in 2 weeks to settle in what we believe will be our new [permanent] home on St. Croix. It will be nice to have a place we can call ‘home’ and start putting down some kind of roots again – not living out of suitcases and best of all, start having family and friends to come visit us all while still living our dream……. so I’m calling it quits here with lots of pictures for you. I sure hope your New Year started out as great as ours did…..
Happy New Year Ya’ll~!