Days 74-80: Strolla gets a visitor
Trip Start Nov 10, 2010
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The next few days we spend across the way in Cruz Bay in St Johns. We instantly took a liking to the town and spent more time on land than expected. I think the pour your own drink bar had something to do with our decision. One morning after an eventful night on town, Jenny walks out of the cabin to an unfortunate surprise. "Guys, the dinghy's gone!" Immediately we all jump out of bed to see where it could've possibly went. We spotted it a few hundred feet away floating out to sea and Pete practically sleepwalked right off the back of the boat and swam after it. He made it to the dinghy just before it entered the ferry lane and would've most likely met its demise to the ferries speeding back and forth between St Thomas and St Johns. We barely avoid another catastrophe.
One of the nights in Cruz Bay we met two American Pilots Scott and Cassie and decided to take them for a day sail the following day
We said our goodbyes to Scott and Cassie and the next day continued on East. On the eastern part of St Johns we found a cut in the reef which opened up into a perfect little private cove. We entered and everywhere looked very shallow. I jumped out with a snorkel and found a nice calm spot with just about a foot of clearance on the hull for us to drop the anchor. It also was high tide but luckily there wasn't big tidal swings so Strolla stayed off the ground for one more day. The whole bay was completely isolated perfect for the beach fire that Nate has been yearning for since we left Ft Lauderdale, or Jackson for that matter. His bonfire skills did not fail us and had it raging in minutes.
The following morning we left the US Virgin Islands for the British Virgin Islands. The first stop was Norman Island. There's not much to see on Norman Island other than the infamous Willie T's. It's an old fishing boat that's anchored in the bay and converted to a bar/restaurant. Sure enough it lived up to the hype and provided an entertaining and eventful evening for the crew of Strolla. We'll leave it at that.
Jenny's week was coming to a close and she still didn't have a flight home. A quick sail over to Tortola so we could get online and book her a flight home. We found a nice secluded anchorage near the airport where we could rest up and recap the eventful week. We dropped her off the next morning and then it was back to 4 of us on Strolla.