We returned to the Singing Frog for the 2014/15 winter season. We spent most of that time in Florida getting the boat back into shape for full time cruising. Boats deteriorate if left sitting, plus there were some challenging surprises we discovered along the way.
The following photo albums are from our family cruise of the Eastern Caribbean, and our return home to Vancouver, in 2010/2011.
US Road Trip
After reaching Florida, we put the boat into storage in Indiantown, rented a van and drove across the continent to Portland. We spent 14 days from FL to Portland (then took a train to Vancouver BC) with a stop in New Hampshire to visit cruising friends in their summer home.
We spent about 7 days in the Bahamas in 2011 on our way from the Virgin Islands to Florida. Here are some photos from that short visit.
One of the highlights of the year was the day we got to spend at the Baths at Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. This place is usually overrun with tourists but we visited in the off-season. We nearly had the place to ourselves. It's quite magical there.
We passed by Antigua a month earlier to get to St. Maarten in time to meet Iain at the Airport. Friends later convinced us to back-track and visit Antigua during the classics regatta. We didn't get any good photos of the classic yachts but did get to tour the Picton Castle.
As we made our way north up the Windward Islands, the closer we got to Easter, the more music and drums where heard as bands practiced for the big event. Each island has their own take on it and we got to witness how Guadeloupe does Carnival up close and intimate.
St. Lucia Mud Baths
There are many amazing things to do and see in St. Lucia. One of our favourites was when we got together with a couple other cruising families and took a tour of the islands that included a stop in the mud baths.
One fine day in January we took a tour to see more of the island of Grenada. We hired a guide who drove us all over the island and took us up into the forrest to play in the cool and refreshing Concord Falls. The water was too cold for our guide but the crazy Canadians loved it.
St. Vincent was one of our favourite islands. Especially memorable was the day we hired a guide and hiked to the top of the Island's active volcano. The caldera is high enough that is is usually shrouded in cloud which made for a striking change in temperature when we reached the top. There were at least three very noticeable climate zones as we hiked the trails (scientists may define more but at least three are very apparent to the layperson).
The Tobago Cays, a collection of islands with a network of fringing and barrier reefs is truly one of the crown jewels of the Caribbean. Due to a strict conservation policy the marine park is teeming with visible life and is probably one of the most accessible and vibrant reef systems outside the Virgin Islands.
The Caribbean - 2010/2011
We have collected the majority of our photos from the Caribbean portion of our cruise from 2010 and 2011 into this one album.