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sailing and diving around the world
After 3 days, and a little over 500 miles, we've arrived in Bonaire. We raised anchor in Grenada on the 20th, at 9am, and we picked up our mooring balls last night, at 10pm, here in Bonaire. It was pretty cool, because we had to find the mooring balls in the dark. We made a couple of passes, squinting as we peered out into the darkness for a glimpse of the mooring balls. As we made our second pass, a voice called out from another boat, telling us there were available mooring balls just ahead of us. We managed to attach the boat easily, and after we made sure we were securely attached (by reversing the engine), we turned the engine off and reveled in that moment of pure silence. No wind, no engine noise. After a couple of cold beers, we hit the sack. It's always fun to arrive in a port at night, because it looks very different when you see it the next morning in daylight. We were moored a little further away from Karel's Bar, than the last time we were here, but we're still able to dinghy over in a couple of minutes.
Got up the next morning to a bright,sunny and windy day. Squared the boat away and put the dinghy in the water. Dinghied over to Karel's Beach Bar and set up the laptop. Delighted to see Chantal again, the manager, and she remembered me from last year. She even remembered that I loved the iced cappuccino they do. Of course, I ordered one, and it was even better than last year. Melvin is new here, and Karel's is lucky to have him. Great sense of humor and always has a quick comeback. Great wifi signal and I love the codes they come up with. Today it's somethingtodrink249. The food is great. Love the burgers. The great thing, too, is that you're only a stone's throw away from the boat. You can tie up your dinghy right to the bar's cleats.
Just as I was typing this, Herman and his wife, Nicole, of 'Good Return Bonaire,' docked their water taxi right beside Karel's Bar. They stop here at least 3 times a day. I forgot the times, but you can easily find out when you're here.