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.
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.
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.
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!