January 3, 2010.
Welcome to 2010 everybody. We’re still here at Sand Dollar Beach and the anchorage is starting to fill in around us. We will be heading in to see the people at immigration on Monday in an effort to extend our visas. If you’ve been reading along than you must remember my whining about only getting our visas approved for 90 days. As it stands our visas will expire while we’re down in the Jumentos. For us to renew our visas at that time would mean us having to make the 150 mile trip back up here to Georgetown, smack dab in the middle of lobster season. Regardless of what happens at immigration we’ll be headed for long Island on the next available weather window as soon as that’s done.
The wind has been cranking here as several small fronts have come through. As a result the water is holding a lot of suspended sand so the visibility is pretty crappy. This area is hunted very heavily, combine that with the reduced visibility and it’s just not worth the effort. But that doesn’t mean we still don’t put in some effort. We were able to take a 3 pound lobster just this morning that ended up in a pot of lobster risotto.
We’ve spent a good bit of time hiking and shelling. The island here is interlaced with several really nice trails. You can make the transition from a sweltering inland trail to a trek on a seemingly air conditioned ridge along the ocean in a matter of a few paces.
We spent hours just wandering and exploring various nooks and crannies of the island.
We should be heading out to long Island on Wednesday. We "should" have internet while there, we'll see.