Overnight to Caribou Island
Trip Start Feb 25, 2008
8Trip End Mar 24, 2008
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Friday March 14 - Last night about 6 PM we went in a small 9 meter open boat with a 1 cylinder engine across the ocean strait to Carabao Island. The Briggs & Stratton motor was what a big lawn mower would use - with 16 horsepower. Julius Loquintos' father Vincente drove. He is a very skillful captain, managing the 3 to 5 foot waves and wind, slowing at just the right time for the big ones, zooming ahead when they smooth out. All the speed is controlled with a small string in his right hand. Vincente sits in a white plastic lawn chair above the engine room holding a long tiller pole from the rudder. Forward on the pole would be left, back right. Pull on the string for faster, hold a steady speed just with the hand, no levers, no reverse. And don't fall out of the chair in a wave. Did I say it gets dark at 6:30 on the dot? The sunset lasts about 2 minutes, and dusk about 10. Darkness comes quickly. The ride to Carabao takes about 1 and a half hours, so most of it was in complete darkness and 3 or 4 foot waves. I kept saying to Manda, "Mom would Love this ! She'd be Very Quiet !" (Kay really likes ocean waves and her silence shouts when she is scared or mad or both.)
We were greeted at the rocky beach by cousins and cousins with crank- up flashlights and many welcoming hands to steady us in the dark and unfamiliar walk from the water to deep shelly sand to a dark path or road, and finally to the home of Roger and Gloria. (Julius does not remember his Autie's name?).
Everyone was very welcoming and Roger asked us to stay with them when we return. More about sleeping later.