|Group Portrait - Grammy & Grandpa with Maya, Daniel, Shira, Ariella "Cookie" and Jonathan "Uzi"|
For the first time our oldest son Joshua brought his family down for a visit on Scott Free. And it was wonderful. The weather cooperated, giving us sunny not too windy days and allowing us to take the family out on the boat to various Cayes on 3 days. We visited Colson Cay first for a great snorkel and swim with Josh, who had to leave us too early to get back to work. We had two more full days out to Pelican and Ranguana, both times coming back in the early evening. They all loved being on the boat and scrambled all over it. We hadn't realized that all the hatches were entrances and exits! The older 3 stayed on the boat some of the nights and the rest used the beautiful condo we rented at Sunset Pointe. Our 2 bedroom 2 bath huge apartment has big porches on both ends overlooking the lagoon and the harbor. Lots of local wood and Mexican tiles gave it a island feel. Happily the second bedroom contained beds for 5, in various levels. We also visited the beaches and walked the Placencia sidewalk with it's craftsmen and artists. It was Easter week so there were 3 times more people than usual - but that's just fun. But the highlight was our day out at Ranguana where a family of dolphins visited us for some time. Mom, Dan, Auntie (or Uncle) and Baby swam with our kids in the water. Amazing! We can hardly wait for another visit!!!
|Under the same flowers with Michal this time.|
|Daniel at the wheel|
|Ariella and Maya relaxing in the cockpit|
|The kids loved the dinghy. Maya nicknamed it the "Yak"|
Here Jonathan, Shira and Cookie
|Joshua with Jonathan and Grandpa|
|All the kids loved scrambling around the deck, popping in|
and out of the hatches.
|Josh gets some late day sun rays as we head back to Placencia|
|"Uzi at the inside steering station|
|We played Mexican Train Dominos, Scrabble and |
Backgammon on our passages between islands
|Our second day cruising was north to the Pelican Cays to|
visit our friends on Hideaway Cay. Kim prepared a delicious
|Everyone gathers around the kids table and the Easter|
decorations. It was Easter weekend. The kids brought fun
presents for little 3 year old Ama who lives on the Caye
|Kim, Ama and Dustin with two of Ama's favorite presents|
|We walked the sidewalk in Placencia and|
admired the craftsmen working there.
|Cookie, Michal and Jonathan enjoy the beach|
|Daniel, Cookie and Michal|
|Breakfast in the cockpit - Daniel, Cookie and Maya stayed|
some nights on the boat
|Shira watches the dolphins play on the bow|
|We had several dolphin encounters - here while underway|
and earlier the kids swam with them in the water.
Three adult dolphins and one baby.
|Heading into Placencia harbor after a day out on the water|
|Everyone took turns steering the boat, both Scott Free and|
our dinghy, "Yak"
|Maya looks like a mermaid figurehead here!|
|Our beautiful youngest granddaughter Shira|
|Maya buried Shira in the sand - totally (well almost)|
|Grammy with Shira|
|Shira took her turn at the wheel|