YES, we are STILL here in Hatchet Bay. We love this place so much, and although we have plans to move on, the winds and weather just haven't allowed it. And with the 360 degree protection here, this is quite the ideal anchorage. Free moorings? Free water? Cheap food and drinks? I'll take it.
Today was pretty quiet for me here on the home front. Dolby woke up and wanted to hit up Surfer's Beach with Matt, so they made the hike down the road for the day. I enjoyed some peace and quiet on the boat for most of the afternoon. I worked on the blog, read, and cleaned up the boat some more (as it seems it's a job that's never done).
|Doing some blog work|
|Being alone makes for one silly Britt!|
Dolby returned to GM around 3:30, and told me Matt and his friend Austin, whom he met on the beach surfing and is from New Smyrna Beach, Florida (right by St. Augustine) were going to head out diving to spear some dinner. We decided to go out as well to spot for them and follow them around on the dinghy as they moved along the rocks. It was quite a bumpy day out there, but they were successful enough to feed us for the night! The boys ended up with 4 lobster and a lionfish, in which we headed over to Kokoi to clean and prepare for dinner!
|Gorgeous sun on the rocks|
|Scarpelli calling it quits|
|Telling his "hogfish that got away" story|
|Austin on a mission|
The lionfish was fun to watch being cleaned. Because of it's venomous spikes, it's not the easiest fish to prepare. But Scarpelli seemed to have it down! He cut off the spikes, scaled the fish, cleaned it out, and left it whole to grill. He also cleaned up the lobster and got all of it ready in some tin foil with some spices, lemon, and butter, and threw it all on the grill.
Another surfing friend, Jim, made his way out to the boat as well, and brought some more lionfish with him. After a while we were set to have a nice feast of fresh seafood tacos! Dolby and I had never had lionfish before, so we were very excited to try it. OH-MY-GOODNESS. This fish was absolutely delicious. It was very white and flaky and had such a great taste to it. The way it was prepared help accentuate it's flavors and it went perfectly in our tacos. Everyone devoured the fish and lobster in no time! YUM. Nothing like eating your catch a few hours after it's out of the water.
|ummmmm. ALL DONE!|
After eating and hanging out for a bit, I had Dolby take me back to the boat, and he returned to Kokoi. There, the boys stayed up and drank a little too much rum until the weeeee hours of the morning. Me, on the other hand, savored some reading time and watched yet another chick flick while enjoying a little more peace and quiet to round out the day. Hmmmmmm. Perfection.