Happy Spring! We’re heading West now

Leaving Puerto del Rey and the view of the Spanish Virgins was bittersweet.  We were sorry to have all the grandparents leave after two wonderful visits.  From Puerto del Rey, you can see Culebra. And, with the view, you know that you can see the USVI from Culebra.  Turning the corner under Puerto Rico broke that connection.  Yes, we turned around over a month ago in Dominica, but this felt a lot like shutting a door.  Of course, one look at the sky, and it’s obvious how much time has passed down here.  The days are longer than the nights.  Orion who, during our passage rose in the east in the evening, now starts the night off even a touch west of overhead.

We stopped first at Punta Patillas, a small anchorage behind a reef off the town of Punta Patillas (imagine that).  The wind was out of the southeast and the swell wrapped around the reef a bit.  We didn’t roll like Montserrat, but were weren’t sorry to get moving this morning.

Punta Patillas

Punta Patillas

The bottom was a mix of thick mud and grass.  Roxy usually pulls up quite a lot of the bottom.  We don’t usually have this much grass.  Did someone plant a lawn down there?  I thought we might be in grass when the anchor didn’t set the first time.  At least it didn’t set to our usual 2,000 RPM (we only cruise at 1750, so this is really a lot of pull).

The bottom at Punta Patillas.

The bottom at Punta Patillas.

 

Now we are in Bahia de Jobos.  The bay is known for the mangroves that surround the bay and create several snug creeks to the north.  It is one of the best hurricane holes in Puerto Rico.  We’re not tucked away today out of the breeze, but rather along the edge of the mangroves in the main bay.

On the way over today, we had a loan dolphin swim with us for about 15 minutes.

Dolphin on the way to Bahia de Jobos

Dolphin on the way to Bahia de Jobos

One night on Culebra and now on the south coast, we’ve had wildfires.  It is dry here, but fortunately they don’t seem to explode too big.  Last night, we had three at one point.

Wildfire, Punta Patillas

Wildfire, Punta Patillas

The biggest one started after dark.  As we sat on deck, we watched the orange glow grow and eventually saw the flames over the hill.  This one was upwind of us.  In the morning, the decks were covered in ash and debris.

Ash and debris from wildfire

Ash and debris from wildfire

There’s smoke in the hills today.  Let’s hope there aren’t any more fires today or that they are at least downwind.  A touch of rain wouldn’t hurt either.

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