Photo credit: Eric Leyba
I am excited to share our Catamaran experience of a day at The Baths on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. This blog post wouldn’t be complete though without sharing how we got there. I think at this point it may be worth noting that only at Disneyland do great adventure stories begin with purchasing a ticket and end with stepping off the ride with your Mouse Ears still on. Thank you Mickey. Mother Nature’s rides can be a little more… oh what’s the word … breathtaking shall we say?
Photo credit: Eric Leyba
Oh sure, you can take a cruise in the BVI and ferry to The Baths from Road Town, but why would you want to just step off, when you could wake up at 0600 and take your lounging Cat out in to Northern swells to race against sleeker boats that are built for speed to land yourself a Buoy? You would because it’s “mic-drop” gorgeous, and only if you didn’t treat yourself to one of these the night before at Willie T’s Floating Party on Norman Island teehee (which fortunately we didn’t). By the way, if you wanted to order something at Willie T’s you wouldn’t hold your tab open with a credit card or cash, they would want to know your boat name.
Normally on our trip when we wanted to go here…
We would take this.
After enjoying our early morning race on Virgin Gorda Day, beating out 3 other boats to a great buoy before breakfast (thanks Captain Dad)…
we quickly learned that this is the way we would be getting to The Baths….
Which means you aren’t getting on this ride with your hat, or your coifed hair, or your DLSR camera. The dinghys at The Baths tie off about 200 feet away from the shore and you snorkel your way in.
But it’s so worth it to see Shamu and his other rocky natural wonder friends basking in the sun at The Baths:
I didn’t have my camera with me, but Eric jury-rigged a couple of sealed bags and managed to get to shore with his phone to take these pics for us. The water was so clear little fish could be seen swimming between our legs. We overheard one of the cruise leads talking about how the special sand from The Baths is used in spas around the world, so we dug our toesies in and gave ourselves a quick pedi.
Before we left, we found an idyllic private beach off to the side of The Baths where some of us ended up the day snapping our From Here to Eternity pics. Wait, back it up, what? Um, well, here’s the thing. I’m not sure where it started, but I suspect it was my fun-loving grandparents behind this tradition. In the 1953 film From Here To Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, the two end up capturing a romantic kiss “in the rushing surf.”
Photo and scene history found at deborafriedman.blogspot.com
For some reason, the couples in our family have all taken on the challenge to match this epic moment. It’s a tradition that a few have tried to dodge, but if you are in our family long enough you figure out that it is “not optional.” So those of us that checked this box on our trip (yay us!) had some good laughs, snapped some memories, and had a great kiss. I’m sure you would like to see how our From Here To Eternity pics turned out – hah! No way, this is a family show. Rest assured, when we aren’t hanging out with the Pirates of the Caribbean we are mature adults with active social media accounts. So here are a couple of romantic pair pics to share instead:
That said, there are some couples in our fam that may still need their notch on this totem pole. Fortunately, you only need a great beach and a true beachmate to have this much fun. Here’s looking at you Kina and Brian, Derek and Amy, Ryan and Colleen, Tyler and Leah, Em and Brooke, Jim and Tina, John and Diana, Trisha and Rick, Lorraine and Joel, Steve and Elisa, Allix and Brandon – are you up for the challenge?
I guess this is kinda the end of the road for our BVI journey, since this marks the 2nd time this week that our area has been hit by an ice storm. We can no longer live vicariously through our vacation pics, and need to face the reality of winter in the Northwest. I couldn’t help but finish up with some more photos of our British Virgin Islands sailing vacation that make wonderful memories.
The last one is of Olivia on the bow of the boat. I think she makes a perfect Windlasse, don’t you?
Hello 2017. What new adventures do you have waiting for us all?
One thing is for certain, we will have to cast off to enjoy it, because as Captain Ron would say, “…if anything’s going to happen it’s going to happen out there.”
Don’t forget to check out January’s new Daychanger.