Grenada - where all southbound cruisers go to be out of the hurricane belt;
-safe zone, as designated by most insurance companies;
-south of 12 degree latitude;
-Hurricane Matthew’s projected target
-and where we experience our first hurricane aboard Abby.
There was a flurry of excitement as everyone at the dock prepared for what looked to be a direct hit from the first storm to cross our path this hurricane season. Andrew led our crew in prepping and protecting our dock lines,
Hurricane briefing by Deiter, owner of the Marina.After all the preparations we were treated to a pre-hurricane rainbow as we relaxed by the pool.
As the sun went down, the wind picked up.And in proper camp fashion, we did the only thing left to do when you’ve done everything to get ready; throw a hurricane party!
We felt the first blows of Matthew in the early morning hours. Andrew and I got up just to check the dock lines but we found everything safe and secure. With things really beginning to churn by 7am, the whole marina was up and surveying their surroundings.
Our first adventure post hurricane was a float trip through the beauty of Grenada’s countryside. We had quite the group with 21 of the LPB family ready for fun.
Photo credit - Disco FishThe guides weren’t sure what hit them when our bunch of crazies arrived. We explored the grounds and found guava, cocoa, turmeric, cinnamon, lime and some other fruit I don’t even know what it was while we waited for the tubes to get aired up.
We floated to a large pool area where one of the guides does a few flips from the overlooking cliff (I’m sure it is to get tips) but Andrew and Eli couldn't let him have his moment of glory and had to join in the fun.
We had the best 1st year birthday party ever for Jack from Corpse Pounder.
It may sound like lots of play and very little work but we do put in the elbow grease when needed. The girls cleaned all our interior headliner with vinegar to cut the mold.
When your arms get tired, the feet work just fine.We had quite a bit of growth on our lines after 1.5 months at the marina that needing scrubbing off.
Paige even had a few babysitting jobs with her new boyfriends on Vidora and Corpse Pounder.
Photo credit - Sea BiscuitSo we planned the boat crawl to end all boat crawls. What is a boat crawl? Similar to a progressive dinner where you visit each other's homes for drinks and snacks
but we add a bit of caribbean trivia,
a swim from one location to the next
Things learned aboard this week:
You can do your best to be prepared but when it comes to an act of God, all you can do is leave it in His hands. So thankful no one we knew was hurt and that everything else is just stuff.
Sorry for the delayed update but the next one should be close behind. We are rapidly approaching our departure from Grenada and blazing our path into even more uncharted territory as we head to the western Caribbean.