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A Day Sail with Dolphins

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A Boating must have!

There is one item I couldn’t live with out as long as I’m on a boat… My waterproof bags!!!!!!! We are seasoned sailors here aboard “As You Wish” but accidents still happen, we trip, loose our balance, or it’s rainy out, waves splash, or there is no mistake and I just feel like swimming ashore. Whatever the case I always put my items (wallet & iPhone) in a waterproof bag… because I know that the ONE day I don’t ~ I’m going under!

So what kind do you buy? Well, The company “Sea to Summit” hasn’t steered me wrong yet. Good quality, and as long as you follow their directions and roll it up good it has always kept my items dry! Their called “dry sacks”, Here are a few of the ones they carry, click the pictures to see prices & description (i paid about the same prices buying directly from West Marine) Here they are:

The 4 Liter bag is the perfect size for carrying your wallet, camera, & phone:

The 13 Liter bag you can fit a few more items in, such as a shawl/pashmina, beach sarong or a fold-able hat:

The 20 Liter bag is great for keeping your towel dry:

The key is to fill them no more than 2/3rds of the way, so there is an air pocket inside, so that if it does go over board, it will float!!!

Ziplock bags are OK, but they don’t cut it down here. I use those as “back up” inside my waterproof bags – especially my older bags that have seen a lot of use. Bring your ziplocks but don’t depend solely on them for keeping your stuff dry, especially electronics, although they do help! If you want peace of mind I recommend picking one of these bags I featured above and making it a must pack in your luggage… nice thing about them is they don’t take up a lot of room, Score!

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How to get a Deal on Flights

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How do people get great deals on flights?!…

Now that is an excellent question. Here’s our answer: Good deals on flights are out there!!! You just need to know where to look. Here are some tips:

Tip #1. Go to Travelocity and Sign up for an account with them. Get their “Farewatcher” email updates, this is where Jeff gets his cheap flights! What it is, is when you sign in to Travelocity, and sign up for their “Farewatcher” email you tell them that your interested in a flying from ____(insert your local airport here) to the USVI’s “STT”- St. Thomas Cyril E King Airport, they’ll email you when there is a deal on flights to that location. Sweet & simple.

Tip #2. My parents last season got round trip flights for BOTH of them for $800 total… and they were Direct flights from Boston  to STT, no stops, no Bologna, and only 4hours long. Beautiful! My mom found those by going directly to American’s website and inquiring there.

Tip #3. Is one I found in Timothy Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Work Week” one of his many tips is this:

Us Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) and www.kayak.com first. Fix the departure and return dates between Tuesday and Thursday. Then look at prices for alternative departure dates each of three days into the past and each of three days into the future. Using the cheapest departure date, do the sme with the return dates to find the cheapest combination. Check this price against the fares on the website of the airline itself. Then begin bidding on www.priceline.com at 50% of the better of the two, working up in $50 increments until you get a better price or realize it’s not possible.

Tip #4. Check out the airlines baggage fees!!! A lot of airlines charge to check baggage now. If so it’s better to pack light, which we recommend anyway.

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Romance with a View

Waterlemon Key is a stunningly beautiful harbor surrounded by sweeping hills and beautiful waters. The surrounding hills hold the ruins of the Annaberg plantation. The waters host an array of tropical life & coral that is just a snorkels length away from the boat moorings. In the photo below you’ll see a lovely little island that is just a swims length away from the boats, a habitat to stunning tropical fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the beach there are two hiking trails. To the right is an easy, fairly level walk to the Annaberg Plantation itself, where you can see old slave quarters, the windmill, a prison cell and the places where they worked to produce molasses & rum.

To the left is another hiking trail… our personal favorite…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This trail leads up to the left up the hill, about halfway up there is the ruins of a house that was used as a “look out” to spot slaves trying to escape to the British Islands where they could be free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of the Annaberg plantation, the “look out” house ruins and the hike I will share with you soon…

All the photos shown here are of my favorite place. The plantation owners home, they knew what they were doing when they build a house here!!! These are some of the best views that I have seen of the Islands yet! Pictures cannot do it justice, it’s a stunning 360 deg view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the coral below to the British Islands next door to the vast ocean…

You can see it all uninterrupted vantage point & sweeping panorama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the advantages of cruising with us is that we cater the trip to you. Perhaps you want this to be a quiet romantic trip for two? We can accommodate that… How about surprising your mate with a romantic dinner for two at the end of “a short hike before dinner”? Perhaps it’s an anniversary trip? or maybe you want an anniversary to celebrate… so you want to propose marriage? This is the place to do it!!!

We can plan on having an early dinner ready and waiting for you atop the hill, complete with music & drinks… Romance is but a short hike away with a view of your privately chartered yacht, turquoise waters, and the islands.

 

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Gone snorkeling…

Well we have a new toy, a Kodak play sport!!! So we have been taking lots of underwater photos and videos! 

Sadly tho both of our computers are down =( hence why I haven’t been posting a weekly blog post for a bit now. Jeff’s computer died again and mine’s hard-drive is so over loaded with itself that it won’t even open a photo. Sad, very sad. 

But the sunny side of this is that I did get one snorkel video posted online before everything went postal! 

So here it is, my first recorded snorkeling video: 

I hope you enjoyed it! There will be more to come shortly! I have been practicing staying steadier and moving slower. I also have some beautiful under water photos!!! See ya soon!!!! ~ K

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The Grand Finale of RUM

The Legendary “skull & bones” flag was designed to be scary. Some pirates, like black beard, had their own personally designed flag.

Hurricane

2 oz Rum

3 oz Passion Fruit Juice

3 oz Mango Juice

2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix

Pour over ice & garnish with a lime wheel.

Now here you are making all these Caribbean Rum drinks, now you need to make some Caribbean food to go with it!!! May I suggest my recipe for Jerk Chicken!!!

The other day I was visiting a plantation on St. John (i’ll talk about this soon), and a local woman was set up in an old kitchen with local food & drink. She was kind enough to give me the recipe for a true classic: Johnny Cakes! Their a bit like fried dough… very tasty! Here’s the recipe she gave me:

Local Island Johnny Cakes

2 Cups Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp Sugar

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp butter

1/3 Cup warm water

Oil – for deep frying

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and mix until the ingredients resemble coarse crumbs. Add water and mix until a stiff dough forms. Knead thoroughly but lightly until all lumps have disappeared. Place dough on a floured board and cover with a damp towel for 30 mins. Add 3-4 inches of oil to a sauce pan and heat. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten before frying on both sides. Serve hot.

and now for the last but certainly not least Rum Recipe, the most requested recipe, the one everyone has been waiting for….

A DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!

PAINKILLER!!!!

2, 3 or 4 oz RUM (preferably pussers rum)

1 oz Cream of Coconut

4 oz Pineapple Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

Pour over ice and sprinkle with fresh grated nutmeg.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it up in bulk ahead of time for a party! So instead of “ounces” subsitute the word “parts”… 2 parts rum, 1 part cream of coconut, etc… easy breezy and always a crowd pleaser!!!

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Under the sea

We finally made it!!! LoL…

Captain Jeff & I went for a walk one afternoon. We found ourselves over by yacht haven and pretended to be a tourists on a cruise ship. Needless to say we had fun and no we don’t take ourselves too seriously…

Yeah… That’s right, Jeff is pretending to be under water.

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Monday Night Movie!

We’re having a Blast on Water Island!

Drive your golf cart on up & enjoy the show!

They always start it out with a looney tunes flick “for the kids”


Heidi sets up and has popcorn, candy, chicken sandwiches, drinks, etc. For sale…


We sit in the front row!


They play a concert while we wait for the sunset…


We always have fun at…


Nothing beats a movie on the beach!

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Week 6 of RUM!!!

 

Contrary to popular beliefs, pirates rarely confiscated gold & silver. Mundane items like cloth or iron were more typically booty.

 

I find that now a days no-one knows how to make a Daiquiri unless it comes out of a mixer bottle. A lot of those pre-made mixes A. don’t have hardly any liquor in them and B. have all kinds of unnecessary ingredients in them that you just don’t need. Nothing beats homemade anything! Here are two simple recipes for you to try and you can be the judge of what tastes better: homemade or bottled:

Original Daiquiri

2 oz RUM

1 tbls Triple Sec

1 1/2 oz Lime Juice

1 tsp Sugar

1 cup ice

Blend until smooth.

Banana Daiquiri

2 oz RUM

1 tbls Triple Sec

1 Banana

1 1/2 oz Lime Juice

1 cup Ice

Blend until smooth.

Make sure to check back in with us here and let us know what you think!!! What do you prefer? Bottled? or Freshly Made? Tell us in our Comments!

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Week 5 of RUM!

When disobeying Pirate ‘codes’, pirates would be marooned on a deserted island with nothing but a jug of water and a loaded pistol, rarely to be seen again.

On that note, may I present a Caribbean favorite:

Bushwacker

4 oz Cream of Coconut 

2 oz Coffee Liquor

1 oz RUM

1 oz Creme de cacao

4 oz Milk

Pour over ice. (in the Caribbean you’ll see these blended as a frozen drink!)

Pina Colada

2 oz RUM

2 oz Cream of Coconut 

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1 cup of ice

Blend till Smooth, garnish with fruit slices.

*Note: please drink in moderation. The following photo is one example of what could happen if you partake in too much rum:

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