Monday, February 28, 2011

Island Time

We are certainly on Island Time now.  Island time really isn't about time.  Not at all!  It's about attitude.  Last night we found "home" base, and we're on Island Time.  Yay!!!!

Let me get back to packing.  Tracy discovered when he got here how well he packed.  He packed one pair of dirty jeans, three pair of shorts, one pair of swimming trunks and 23 shirts!!!  Yep, 23 shirts!  We're only here 17 days, and spend most of our days at the beach.  Oh me.....  my boys. 

Each year we take the ferry to Vieques.  Very economical way to travel.  $2 per person per trip.   (of course we don't count the $120 taxi ride to the ferry terminal).  This yr we just figured on taking the ferry to Culebra.  Again, $2 per person each way.  In the past we have seen that the Culebra line is always much longer and ususally sells out.  With that in mind, we got to the terminal 2 hours early, only to find out 15 minutes before scheduled departure that it was delayed.  We didn't know why, but Kosti and Tracy saw them carrying gears to and from it, definately engine trouble.  Last night, through hanging out with a very well connect local (Mike), we found out that the ferry which brought us over is the ferry that is still at the dock.  Completely broken down. (there are 12 for both islands only three are in working condition now).  They are working on it. We understand it could take a while.  (Island Time).   Mike told us the story how one broke down a few weeks ago on the trip over, the passengers were stuck for 17 hours on the Ocean between Fajardo and Culebra. So glad we made it!!! 

Speaking of our ferry ride, the waters were so rough it was like an hour and a half disney ride... ya know the ones that bounce you all over the place!  Oh yea.  It was fun!!

We made it to PR, to Fahardo, to Culebra.... our next leg of the trip was making it to "Brisas Del Mar", the house we are renting.  When our ferry was delayed, we called Jane and George (the owners of Brisas) to let them know.  When it was finally ready to leave we called again. About 2 hours later,  when we did arrive, we called them to come pick us up, had to call them twice.  Turns out they were at a cocktail party.  Yep they were!  Tracy had already picked up our Jeep for the week, all we could get in it was our luggage.  (that again... packing ... FYI - this year we have more luggage with us then ever!)   Jane and George arrived, they had to take two of us.  They were very concerned about getting us to the grocery store as it was about to close and they "knew we needed bottled water".  Tracy and I were in our jeep and Kosti and Jay went with them.  As Tracy was waiting for the woman behind us to move so he can pull out, George took off.  By the time we backed out of our spot, George was no where to be found.  Tracy and I were lost,  with marginal cell phone reception on this island!  Lost!!!  We finally got through,  Jane gave Tracy directions, we just kept going in circles.  We have never been to this Island, it's late, we have been traveling for over 24 hours, it's dark out, and we are driving in circles.  When we got through to Jane again, she said, "Oh just ask someone how to get to where we are".  We did and we found them.

We made our way to "Brisas Del Mar".  Kosti and I picked this house because it has a "deeping pool".  I got a little nervous when Jane told me a few weeks ago to make sure we had a good  4 wheel vehicle, we would need it for the driveway. Yep, she was right.  We need it.  Worse then I imagined!  Keep in mind it was dark.  Which may have been a good thing.  Here we go again another theme park ride to get to our house.  Think steep, rutted, steep, twisting, steep, dirt road and steep!  Now what you are imagining, make it worse! Oh yea.  We have made a rule for this trip.... " when we leave the house in the morning, we don't come back for anything until we are ready to come home to sleep"  "When we come home for the night, we don't leave"  "no running in and out, dropping off or going back cause we forgot something"

"Brisas Del Mar",  I love that all houses are named.  When we go to Vieques we stay at "Vivo Grande".  Living Large and yes we do there!   I should have thought more about "Brisas Del Mar"... would have realized they really meant Winds with views of the sea!... they are beautiful views, but it is windy up here.  So much so that Tracy is working on his next plan..."Hendershott Electric Company of the Islands".  (Opps I shouldn't give away his business plan, sorry Tray).

Brisas, well it's like a cottage on Conesus Lake, rural, rustic, our home for the next two weeks. And the
"deeping pool".  It is pie shaped, about half the size of a 8 person spa, and not heated.  It's winter here, the water is COOOLLLLDDDD.  So much for "deeping"

Well to bring us to this morning.  Tracy and Jay are still sleeping.  Alright it is 9am and Kosti and I have been up since 8.  We're on Holiday!  I guess they can sleep in.... Last night we went to an Oscar party we were invited to, only to be ignored by the bartender  (the person who invited us).  We left, and drove around the Island looking for a place that was open.  We ended up at KoKomo's.  There were the four of us and three or four others in the bar.  They welcomed us in and were very nice.  We ended up talking to a guy sitting at the bar, Mike and making friends with the bartender, Jenna.  Turns out Mike owns the place and about a half a dozen other operations in town.  Good guy to know!   Felt like home.  (Maurya~  We talked about you and Mark all night! and how much we miss you and wish you were there).  Mike introduced us to "Wikki".  The "most famous man on Culebra", so we are told.  He's a local musician.  We actually went to see him play on Saturday night, but the "show" was cancelled.  Come to find out, Wikki was at KoKomos.  Hmmmm.

KoKomos ~ Creekside South?  Local ordinace is everything must close at midnight.  To give you an idea how the evening went, at 11:56pm, I locked the front door for Mike and we became his "employees" so we could stay as long as we wanted.  Kosti wiped up the bar... Jay, Tracy and Mike drank shots.  Jenna swept the floor and I enjoyed!  We finally left there about 1:30am.  Had a good night. A GOOD NIGHT!  Oh but the driveway, you ask.. We it made home safe and sound.

I have graduated to Tracy's computer.  I'll try to download a few pics in a little while.  In the mean time.... It's all good and I miss Sadie Girl!          

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