Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall in Utah

On September 22nd we flew into Salt Lake City and traveled down to Sevier County to spend a week to see the fall colors and visit friends and relatives. Our host made sure we had a full schedule as we traveled to St. George to watch Annie at the remarkable Tuachan theater to camping and four wheeling on Monroe mountain in Fish Lake National Forest. Along the was we took a day trip four wheeling in Casto canyon which is near Zion and Bryce canyons in central Utah.
We thought you might enjoy a few photos of our time spent of Southern Pearl. It was a treat for us as it was quite a contrast from our summer trips to the Bahamas.

Visiting with Virginia

It was a joy to spend time with Virginia as we had not seen her in quite a few years. There is something about living in the desert mountains of Utah that keeps you young.

Fall Colors on the Monroe

Camping on Monroe Mountain

Camping with Kreig and Kirk on Kreig's mountain property

Boating on Fish Lake

What a treat to be on the water at 9000 feet. Quite different than what we are accustomed to. Ranger Rasmussen was kind enough to rent a pontoon boat and take us out on Fish Lake for a cruise and a few photo ops. The fall colors contrasted by the dark clear blue water and a clear sky was beautiful.

Fish Lake

More Casto Canyon

Taking a break on Top

Four Wheeling Casto Canyon

Spending time with Family in Zion

Zion National Park

Monday, September 21, 2009

Home Port

Swimming with Nana

Having fun with Nana

Cole in the Intracoastal

Cole and Erin come for a visit

On the 11th of September we brought Cole back with us to stay on the boat for a few days. Erin came over on Friday and thry stayed with us through Sunday

Mangrove Cay

Our last night in the Bahamas at anchor off Mangrove Cay we had this beautiful sunset. Erica was turning from a storm into just a weak disturbance.

On the beach at Guana Cay

Guana Cay


Nippers is the happening place on Guana. At least on the weekends and during the season. Since we were there during the slowest time of year we had the place almost to ourselves

Relaxing on the way to Guana

Sand bars

The hard way and the easy way

Waters around Double Breasted Cay

Double Breasted Cay anchorage

Bahamas encore

We decided to make another trip across the Gulfstream and visit the Abacos in spite of hurricane season. We waited on Bill to move north and then headed to West End. We stayed at Old Bahama Bay for a few days then headed to Double Breasted Cay to anchor out for a few days.
From there we moved on over to Guana Cay hoping to make it to Marsh Harbor and Hope Town. Unfortunately Erica formed and was heading our way so after a couple of days we decided to head east ahead of the storm. Wouldn't you know it she dissipated about the time we got back to Ft. Pierce. From there we traveled offshore untill Ponce Inlet where we came inside for the balance of the trip.

Keeping up with the young ones

Having Fun on the Fourth