St. Nicholas Island to Cleopatra Island

Trip Start May 17, 2006
Trip End Jun 01, 2006

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Saturday, May 27, 2006
St. Nicholas Island to Cleopatra Island / Third Day Aboard Yacht

Today gets off to a somewhat later start than yesterday. We are scheduled to depart from St. Nicholas Island at 10:30am. The captain is off fulfilling the list of purchases we had requested from him the night before, and doesn't get back to the ship until about 11am. In the meantime, we enjoy more snorkeling and swimming. My deaf client is starting to get the hang of snorkeling.

We power across the largest stretch of open water we have encountered thus far on the voyage, and the yacht rolls from side to side quite dramatically. Fortunately, all of us have our sea legs by this time and there are no upset stomachs.

Our destination is a small cove containing what is known as the step cave-a couple of caves in a rock that are accessible over a very rocky beach. Our guide is the only person who actually climbs up into the caves. Everyone else sticks to snorkeling or remains on the yacht.

After lunch we make a very short cruise to Cleopatra Bay and anchor for the night. There are a couple of beach bars, but not much else to do. The day turns out to be a three-snorkel day for me, and I am quite chilly by the end of the third time in the water. One client goes ashore with our guide to check out the bar and report back. It is a quiet day, activity-wise, but people seem content to hang around on the yacht and chat or read.

Dinner is a festive affair with lamb, yogurt with arugula, and several other dishes I have absolutely no idea what they were. Bottom line: they were delicious! Tonight everyone is having such a great time talking after dinner we just sit at the table and chat for a couple of hours before moving to the aft section of the boat for more. I have a great talk with the captain, and marvel again at how great we are being looked after by he and his crew.

Just before retiring I have a conversation with one of my clients who tells me I am too much the nice guy-that I need to be more decisive and not put so many things up for a vote. He is not happy with staying aboard the ship all day, nor with the fact that the guide went out with only one person when he, too, would have liked to disembark for a walk. I welcome his comments and a healthy discussion ensues about various management styles. There is absolutely no doubt that I need to improve in the "people-pleasing" department (by improving I mean being less so), but on the other hand the phenomenal repeat rate I experience on my tours speaks for itself. I must be doing something right!
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