Wednesday July 10th, 2002
Happy Birthday Curt!
"Did you ever think you'd spend it
in the Caribbean living on a sailboat?" Today was the
first of Curt's birthdays that we'll spend together. The pressure
was on to find a meaningful gift while we're sailing in a
remote group of islands without much civilization, as well
as to make his day feel like a festive celebration.
He got to open his first two gifts in the
morning: a beautiful sunny Caribbean day. Back when we were
in Bequia, a little mariner's bookshop had a handsome offering
of scrimshaw collectibles: buck knives, pocketknives, wine
openers, key chains and necklaces, etc. The themes engraved
on them were perfect. There were little etchings of whales,
mermaids, clippers ships etc. carved onto camel bone (they
used to be whale bone- but that's illegal now so they use
camel). Curt has at least six different types of Swiss Army
knives aboard, so I thought a really nice one he could keep
years from now would be a nice piece of memorabilia from our
adventure. The one I chose has a scene of a ship coming into
harbor while a girl greets them with a wave from shore. His
second gift was a tee shirt that, on the front says, "Work
less." And the back says, "Sail more." Kinda
hokey, but appropriate enough.
In the afternoon, True Blue joined us for
a hike around the island of Mayreau and then for lunch at
Dennis' Hideaway. It was a nice, quiet afternoon and we had
a few rum punches to help celebrate. On the way back we passed
a beach vendor selling sarongs, and shirts. Curt found a groovy
Caribbean themed shirt that caught his fancy and he sheepishly
asked what I thought of it. Well, who am I to deny the birthday
boy his wishes, so we bought it. Now that we look at the shirt-
it looks a bit more like it should be part of a Halloween
costume, but- hey, it's part of a great memory.
We capped the day off with dinner
on True Blue and Curt fittingly had a home baked key lime
pie instead of birthday cake this year.