August 15, 2018

organic chocolate / grenada

One of the best things about being on the spice island is the high quality organic chocolate that is being locally produced. Much of it is tree to bar and there are cooperatives that support local cocoa farmers all over the island. 

Local popular flavors range range from ginger, salted, nutmeg, nibs, and cocoa content from 60% to 100% .

Nibs & 60%. The Grenada Chocolate Company showroom at Belmont Estate
St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Nibs & 60%. The Grenada Chocolate Company showroom at Belmont Estate
St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)

cocoa, belmont estate / grenada

Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)
Belmont Estate, St. Patrick - GRENADA / West Indies (June 2017)

August 14, 2018

waxy apples / grenada

The first day we arrived in Grenada, Laura Thatcher-Fletcher, one of the owners of Grenada Marine, introduced us to a local fruit that was quick to become a favorite treat of my kids. Here on the island, they are called waxy apples, but they taste nothing like a regular apple... They are sweet, with a lighter texture than a regular apple, and grow abundently on trees when they are in season. We were excited to find that there was one tree in the boatyard that the kids could regularly raid when they got the craving.

Waxy apples / Syzgium samarangense
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Waxy apples / Syzygium samarangense
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Waxy apples / Syzygium samarangense
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Waxy apples / Syzygium samarangense
Petit Calivigny, St. Georges - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Waxy apples / Syzygium samarangense
Petit Calivigny, St. Georges - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Waxy apples / Syzygium samarangense
Petit Calivigny, St. Georges - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Flower buds of the wax apple tree / Syzygium samarangense
Petit Calivigny, St. Georges - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

temporary new home / sv smoke - chuck paine bougainvillea 62' / grenada

After we hauled out Anasazi Girl, James launched Smoke, a Chuck Paine Bougainvillea 62', owned by a Kiwi friend from Auckland.

James managed a refit of Smoke in January 2016 and was also representing the boat for sale through Anasazi Ltda. The job on Smoke allowed us to pay off the remaining balance on our replacement mast - so we are eternally grateful for this work which officially gave us our sailing freedom.

The plan when we arrived in Grenada was to complete the owner's work list and potentially move her to a new location. The owner of Smoke allowed our family to move aboard, so for the next several months, we called this beautiful sailing vessel our home.

Our plan was for James to work on Smoke, to completely decomission Anasazi Girl for storage on the land, and we would all fly back to Chile in time for the start of the next school year, which began early March 2018.

Launching SV Smoke, Chuck Paine Bougainvillea 62'
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
SV Smoke
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

August 13, 2018

palm fronds / grenada

Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

tarzie & james / grenada

Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

seashells by the seashore / grenada

Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

laura's restaurant, grenada marine / grenada

Post fishing tournament at Laura's Restuarant, Grenada Marine
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Trevor Modeste prepares grilled kingfish.
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Grilled Kingfish with a creamy white wine shadow beni sauce, served with fresh greens, mash & grilled plantain.
Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

day sailing, st. david's harbour / grenada

James, Tormentina & Raivo. Corinth, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

August 10, 2018

tropical fruit heaven / grenada

Pearl so excited about our first ship's stores of local fruit: bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, organic chocolate & cherries.
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

jelly cocos from kem & jarmella

Twice a week, Grenadian locals Kem and his wife Jarmella bring a truck load of fruit & local produce to the boatyard. So nice to have a jelly coconut mid-day in the tropics and stock up on fresh goods direct from the farmers.

St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

found objects on the beach

St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

crazy for cocos

St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
St. David, GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

August 9, 2018

coconut dreams / grenada

On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 we tied up at Grenada Marine's dock in St. David's after 21 days of sailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Before we left Ushuaia, my kids and I had been dreaming about drinking coconuts and swimming in the clear & warm waters of the Caribbean. So amazing to think that after 41 days of coastal sailing from Ushuaia to Grenada that the Magellanic forests of the south have been replaced by the tropical jungles of the Caribe.

All landfalls are special, but this one was a very big deal for us after three years of being dismasted & shipwrecked on the Chilean island of Navarino. The long voyage here from the southernmost tip of South America also marked the completion of our family circumnavigation with our two oldest kids.

Within a week of landfall, Anasazi Girl was clean, stripped down from the voyage & ready for a haul-out and we were left to savor the sunshine, sand, coconuts, nutmeg, & organic chocolate of the spice island.

Mid-day coconut water re-hydrate.
St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)

landfall!! corinth, st. david's / grenada

Tying up to the dock after 21 days at sea - such a great feeling.
Grenada Marine, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Family tradition, coco cola & chocolate when we make land ho!
Grenada Marine, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Grenada Marine, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)
Landfall dip after 21 days at sea. Grenada Marine, St. David - GRENADA / West Indies (May 2017)