Rose Island (9-14 May 2019)

(Note: I apologize-I thought this note had already been published!)

After a brief off-island trip, we returned to Palm Cay Marina. We highly recommend the marina for friendly staff, clean facilities and security. (Marina details elsewhere but $1.50 to wash/$1.00 to dry).

We had a wonderful visit from CA friends that allowed us to visit Rose Island and the two small cays to the north.

Jim with Steve
Leslie and Bryson

Sandy Cay was a little rough; Steve and Leslie stayed on the boat while Jim, Bryson and I took the paddle board onto the Cay. There were some interesting ruined buildings and one lone blue chair.

It was delightful to see the islands and boat through the eyes of a 6 yr old.

After watching numerous boats visit Green Cay, we moved across the channel and anchored. With Leslie and Bryson on the beach, Jim and I snorkeled and immediately saw the “why”-several large sea turtles were grazing on the grass bottom. We saw 7 turtles in our 20 minute drift along with beautiful reef fish. When we returned to the boat, Steve did a snorkel/drift at the western end of the Cay, and we were surprised when Bryson decided he wanted to do that too. It was a privilege to watch him try things for the first time!

Bryson snorkels in deep water

All too soon it was time to say goodbye. In addition to the gift of their friendship, they brought us the best boat gifts! I hope they know that we will use these daily!

Best. Gift. Ever!

Uncharted Territory

Steve and I are no longer employees.

In our 29 year history, he’s always had a job and I’ve sometimes had a job in addition to “mom”. We just finished our last two week commitment to Seaborne Airlines and soon he will join me on Always to begin the next chapter of our adventures.

Seaborne Twin Otter, Christainsted Harbor

It will be a unique experience. We have friends dropping aboard; after that, we have no time constraints other than those imposed by tide and weather. The boat is self-sufficient for water and power. Other than a diesel, LP and grocery top off, we can avoid marinas and crowds for quite awhile.

I’m looking forward to sleeping until I’m not tired, swimming in the clear ocean when I’m hot, hopefully fresh fish on occasion, time to read and write, and listening to Steve play guitar. And I’m excited to see what Steve does when he doesn’t have to do anything!

I’d be lying if I said “I’ll miss Seaborne”. I WILL miss the pilots and flying the Twin Otter, a great platform and perfect for the task. I met some very special people on both islands and look forward to coming back on Always for the promised sails. I will not miss the lack of management and support that allows the seaplane bases to deteriorate. I hope the promised improvements come soon for all that remain.

Going away party at Castaways-eventually I’ll miss the Pickle Backs!
Castaways’ #5 wings-can’t miss something I never had but don’t think these guys will either!

I’m glad we postponed our other plans for a year to experience St Croix and fly the Twin Otter. I appreciate being so welcomed and hope our paths cross again many times!

Safe travels,

J

Newest Alaska float plane instructor

Our daughter recently graduated from college (Yay! SO proud of her!) and was hired over the phone as a bartender at our local ski area. She said that after finishing college in 3 years, she wanted an easy job–and her first day was a 13 hour shift.

After 3 months, she decided she’d been cold long enough. The ski area would be closing soon; she gave 2 weeks notice and booked a flight east. Her plan was to stay with her cousin a week, then come crew during the Gulf Stream crossing. Unfortunately (for us), she was hired (over the phone again) to be a flight instructor in Talkeetna, AK. As our repairs dragged out and her new job start date got closer, the window of time available for her to crew closed.

Steve and Sarah at Sun n Fun 2019

After a brief visit to sunshine, she’s now back in the snow getting ready to take her CFI check ride. I guess she really does like the snow! I’m so proud of her!

On the Alaska Ferry

First day of work-poor Prius
New “office”