Wow, where to begin with Bonaire. Originally, Element and her crew were to stay only 2 weeks in Bonaire but ended up staying for 90 days. This place has a way of infusing into your heart. So many interesting events and milestones occurred during our stay.
Bonaire turned out to be a diamond in the rough (and one of my favourites). It ended up being our longest stop since we left Finike, Turkey in April 2016. Upon first glance Bonaire was nothing special but, upon spending time on land and in the water it has ingrained its way into my heart.
It was the wee hours of the morning as we approached Bonaire from Los Roques, Venezuela and we had to slow down in order to arrive in day light. Once we were able to see, we slowly approached the mooring field. Back then it was so foreign. Funny how places become so familiar.
During our first cruise by of the mooring field, we quickly spotted two friend boats, Manado and Gaia. We were unable to find a mooring near them so we continued on. In fact there were no moorings available until, a lady on a catamaran waved at us. I was nervous that we were going to be told bad news but were thrilled to find out that their vessel was departing and that we could have their spot. The rest is history.
As we were grabbing the mooring a Norwegian boat, Kattami in front of us knew who we were. Element's name preceded us as we are a kid boat. Not really, the s/v Manado crew had mentioned that we would be arriving soon. It was lovely to get to know Ragnar, Thea, Veslmøy and Hedda during their time in Bonaire.
We also got to meet another kid boat, Nomad. They have three children (Amos, Noah and Addie). They have a small dinghy sailboat and Jordan got to sail around with Amos. It was so lovely to see.
|Jordan and Amos sailing|
|from left to right Finn s/v Blue Zulu, Jordan, Noah & Amos s/v Nomad|
|heading for her in the water training|
During our time in Bonaire we had several celebrations. Shaun's 46th birthday, Jordan's 8th birthday, Paige's 14th birthday and a Halloween to remember (pictures on the next blog post). All of these occasions were enjoyed with fellow cruisers, new friends as well as old friends.
|Paige and Veslmøy during Shaun's birthday party|
|Jordan's 8th birthday bash|
|we ordered pizza from a local restaurant|
|Paige and Ella giggling on the bow|
|from left to right Iris, Max, Kyle, Jordan, Paige and Ella|
|a new favourite shirt|
|not sure who was happier to see this.... me or Paige|
|there is a back story to the pink icing..... Janet texted what colour icing and I responded any colour except pink..... Darryl decided that he would add a dollop of pink just to be cheeky..... it was perfect|
|Janet and I posing for a pic|
|under water fun|
|from left to right, Darryl, Janet, Ella and myself|
|chain moray eel|
|French angel fish|
|Paige and I diving|
|Robyn s/v Always Sunday, myself, Naddia s/v Manado, Ragnar & Thea s/v Kattami on our way back from one of our Sunday dives on Ad Astra|
|best friends reading together on Ad Astra during a Sunday outing (left to right - Jordan and Iris)|
|Shaun and Erik (s/v Ad Astra) chilling on the trampoline|