Well, the wind is blowin' harder now
Fifty knots or thereabouts
There's white caps on the ocean
And I'm watchin' for waterspouts
It's time to close the shutters
It's time to go inside
In a week I'll be in gay Paris
That's a mighty long airplane ride
Excerpt from Jimmy Buffet’s song “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season"
In our absence she will be well looked after by the harbor officials and a local named ‘Sun’ who we have hired to do some weekly maintenance. He will also do what is necessary in case, God forbid, the unthinkable happens during this hurricane season. And no, Mr. Buffet, there is no 'trying to reason with a hurricane season,' there's just prayer.
All work and no play is never a good thing for the crew of Taka Trois, especially during the stinky hot, humid, mosquito infested rainy season in the islands. So we were very pleased to take some time off to do some sailing despite the weather and have some fun showing off our 'playground' (see previous post) to some close friends who came to stay with us for awhile. Of note was our first trip to Île Tintamarre, a small island which is now a nature reserve just a few short miles from Anse Marcel.
Île Tintamarre is a small island with an area of approximately 0.8 square kilometres (0.3 sq mi). It is about 3 kilometres (2 mi) from Saint Martin, and is administered as part of the French overseas collectivity of Saint Martin. The island has no human occupants, but has been inhabited in the past and once had it's own king, navy, and airline, but you'll have to wait until we come back next year to get the full story.
Before I officially end this account of our sabbatical year and move onto the next phase of this blog, I will be back with one last post sharing some thoughts and reflections on this past year, so stay tuned. I'm ending this post with some photos of the the marina where Taka Trois is moored and its wildlife. If you're in the mood to learn something about the island of St. Barths, scroll down to the post just before this one which, truth be told, should've been posted weeks ago, but, well, I've been a little busy...