Music and Friends
Apart from the hassles with the paperwork, we more or less enjoyed
our time at the Shelter Bay Marina, in large part because of the other
cruising friends we had there. We met the crews of many boats new to us,
including, Chris and Anita from PADMA, Ellis and Lida from GIGI, & Daniel and Reylyn
from TROPICAL DANCE, as well as hooking up with several folks we had
already met, including Poul and Manfred from SURF SCOOTER, Terri
and Lyman from SANS CLES, and Jan and Rob from TRIPLE STARS.
Also, our good friends Tahsin and Rengin on DELFIN SOLO showed up during
the week. But the highlight was when, on our last night in the marina, sitting
at the bar having drinks and having just ordered dinner, we turned and saw at a nearby table
Douglas and Mary, from FANDANGO, whom we had last seen in
Barra de Navidad, MX,
way back in January! We brought our drinks over to their
table and shared dinner with them, catching up on old times and tales
of friends and things that had happened since 10 months past.
Also somewhat notable during our stay in Shelter Bay was the fact that I got to play a little
music here. I had been asking around, looking for other musicians, as I
usually do in each port we visit. One night at dinner, after a few drinks,
the waiters were giving me a hard time, asking me where my guitar
was, since I talked about it so much, so I went and got it and ended up
doing a set to about 20 people who gathered around and seemed to enjoy
the music. Then Terri (from SANS CLES) said she had written some poetry
that she thought might make a good song, so she came over the next day, and I put
some chords to it.
The night before we left, Friday night, I brought an amp, mic stand
and mic, and the guitar up to the restaurant and set up for an evening
gig. It was great fun as everyone was listening and applauding, and
was even more fun when Terri got up and we performed Terri's
song - twice! First we did it as a quasi-reggae tune, then I spiced it up
and did it as a fast country rock thing. Everyone really liked that!
Finally, after exactly two weeks in the Marina, it was time to go.
RHAPSODY was all up to snuff, all of our boat chores were done, and
we'd said our goodbyes, so on Saturday morning, October 25th, we
cast off our lines and headed out of the marina, glad to be cruising
again, and on to new adventures!