Trinidad & Tobago
11th Dec, 2021- 22nd Jan, 2022
We had a fun, fast and intense passage from Guyana to Trinidad and Tobago. Lots of squalls kept us very busy and raised our heart rates, specially during the night
Lots of squalls during this passage. Made your night shift very exciting. This one passed behind us. Where did the wind come from then?
Pretty busy here in Galleons Passage between Trinidad & Tobago. It's also the gate between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean sea
And we arrived early morning to a rainy Trinidad
And once again we got greeted by the local fishing boats coming out early in the morning
Atlantic Circle, Check!
A beautiful pelican resting on this pole next to our boat
Love having the pelicans around again, and the Iguanas. Feels good to be back in good old Caribbean
Actually there where three, in a row
Beautiful framed Iguana
Came to Trinidad in time for Lucia. Time to make Swedish Lussebullar
Happy Anders with Glögg and Lussebulle
Christmas lights are up. We try hard to get into the Christmas spirit here in Trinidad :-)
Also decorated in the cockpit
Typical Swedish Christmas food, our Christmas lunch. Swedish meatballs and prinskorv (Prince sausage)
Potluck Christmas breakfast in Peakes marina. Organized and served by the marina staff. Very nice and appreciated
We got tired of being docked in the marina so we headed out to the nearby islands for a couple of days. This is a beautiful anchorage in Scotland bay. Very popular among locals. Lots of partying here.
When I stepped into the dinghy it smelled fish...and look what I found...A fish indeed. Funny way to catch fish :-)
On our little exploring dinghy trip around Scotland bay we saw this beautiful Spotted Eagle ray in the shallow water
Also saw this Great Black Hawk
Unfortunately, because of all the local partys, the beaches was trashed with lots of bottles, plastic etc :-(
Our next anchorage was on the island of Chachacare. The closest island to Venezuela. you can say it's Trinidad's outer archipelago ;-)
The trail was actually an old paved road. Very lush and green
We did a nice hike up to the lighthouse. This is on the west side, facing Venezuela
So many Vultures lives all over this island. They made this old building their home. A little scary, reminded us of the old Hitchcock movie, the Birds
On the second floor in the old Lighthouse there was lots of old batteries and some bird skeletons. A little Spooky
Climbed up in the old Lighthouse. This is the view looking east towards Trinidad.
And this is the view looking west. That is Venezuela. So close!
Our wind generator is now serviced, by DIY, and have new blades. So looking forward to that energy contribution.
Fantastic professionalism at the Peake's Yard. They even have a nice machine that makes it possible to park boats close to each other. Their travel lift is so large, so the space between boats would be too large otherwise.
Their travel lift can lift big boats. Like the boat below for instance
Our wind wane rudder looked like this after only a week in the marina in Trinidad. Very happy that our antifouling, that is only four months old, worked so well
We flew back to the US to spend some time with family and getting our medical check ups, including our Covid Booster shot
First stop was in Boulder, Colorado, to check on our new "home" ;-) We sold our house in Boulder and everything we have left is in one of these storage units!
This is inside the storage unit. Anette try to find a special box, didn't succeed though
Next stop was San Jose, California. We visited Ludvig, Kat and Veronica. Celebrated New Years together and enjoyed, as always, great hikes
Ludvig, our oldest son, is taking lessons to get his Pilot license. We Flew with him in this small plain over the San Francisco Bay. Fantastic, and he is a great pilot!
Back to Colorado to do our doctors check ups and more. We stayed with Benjamin, our youngest son, and his girlfriend Tessa in their nice house in Arvada. We also got to spend Ben's Birthday together :-)
Back in Trinidad we spent a couple of nights in the marina hotel, since Horizon was still on the hard. We brought lot's of boat parts with us from Colorado, as always ;-)
New bottom paint and more. She is now ready to get back in the water
This is a local fruit and veggie truck that comes to the Peakes marina every Wednesday. Very convenient and super fresh!
We left Trinidad and Peakes marina on Anders birthday the 22nd of January. We celebrated him on our passage to Bonaire :-) Best way to celebrate, just the two of us, Horizon and the ocean!