Cousins visit Jamaica!

On January 26 we headed back to Bogue Lagoon. Our cousins, Cindi and Rick, were braving the new COVID restrictions and coming for a visit! We wove our way through the reefs and again anchored in the calm lagoon. Our plan was to pick our company up on January 29 and head back to Bloody Bay to show them around that area. But the weather gods had other plans. A winter (is there really winter in Jamaica?) storm was bringing winds and high seas to the west coast. Hmmmm….we might have to find other things to do. So we dinghied in and our friend Densil was waiting to drive us to the store. Many bags of groceries later, we piled it all in to Tiny Dancer and headed back to the mother ship. A couple of days of shifting tools, parts, clothes and supplies later and we were ready and actually had a spare cabin ready. OK, time to go to the airport. Into Tiny, to the shore, chain up, Densil is waiting and on we go. So happy to have family here. Back to the Houseboat Restaurant where Tiny was chained, it was raining, so we ferried their luggage in to the restaurant and had a nice dinner. Then we piled their luggage and four adults into a tiny rubber boat in the dark and were off! No chance of anything going wrong there! Ahhhh….we made it!

Since we were not able to move Slow Dancer out of the lagoon, we decided to move ourselves. First stop was Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. Our faithful Densil drove us there and we enjoyed a wonderful day climbing the falls.

Cindi and Rick at Dunn’s River Falls
The falls were cool, clean and a lot harder to climb than we thought!

The following day, our neighbor, Billy, had a borrowed J22 day sail boat that he invited us aboard. Cindi and Rick learned the basics of sailing as we glided around the smooth lagoon.

But first, Billy took us on a dinghy ride through a secret passage into the mangroves!

Cindi controls the tiller as we grab a gust of wind
Billy was a great teacher!

A good time was had by all!

We spent the next afternoon walking around Montego Bay. We looked at the open water and decided that it was still too risky to move out of the lagoon.

Choppy water and incoming weather in Montego Bay

So with some planning help from our friend, Nancy and Billy (who watched Slow Dancer at anchor), we decided that a road trip was in order. On to Negril!

The beautiful Hotel Skylark and the walk right down to 7 mile beach
We spent a beautiful evening watching the sunset
Cliff Divers
We walked the beach in Negril and met many interesting locals

Watched a local band jam session
We bought local produce
We learned about a nut the Jamaican’s call “Stinky Toe”, a digestive aid
And we purchased local lobsters for our last dinner together aboard Slow Dancer
…..until next time!

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