Lone Sail at Sunset
Lone Sail at Sunset

 

I’m having a difficult time remembering all that was done with this image because I’ve been playing at backing up all my images to an external hard drive.  In doing so the history normally stored in Lightroom has disappeared. From what I recall most of the changes were in the lighting along with decreasing exposure, increasing whites and enhancing the blues.  I definitely did some sharpening and a vignette.

Here is the before picture that I wasn’t sure if I would ever use as it was too muted for my taste.  This made it an easy choice for my addition to Stacy’s AfterBefore Friday Week 27 Forum.  This is a great group to take a look at for ideas and creativity on how you might enhance your images.  I know that I for one have learned a bundle of new ideas.

Sunset Sail Before
Sunset Sail Before

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Enjoying another extra vacation here at the beautiful beaches of Aruba. Went off for a Sunset Sail on the Pelican catamaran which was much more than expected. The first extra, the captain and mates accompanied the music with bar equipment for drums and the other ladies on board went extra out of their way to attempt to teach me and Britt how to do the slide. Sorry, nothing helped. After we enjoyed a splendid dinner at the Pelican Restaurant overlooking the ocean. Great Food.

None of these pictures have had any editing.

We were tossing out bread pieces trying to attract fish for the snorkelers but this sneaky fellow got in on the act in a split second and stole off with the goods. This is my first post after returning from the British Virgin Islands aboard the catamaran Sealandia where this seagull stole off with his treasured meal.

 

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We were headed for the Prickly Pear Cays on Day 2 of our catamaran cruise but couldn’t venture through the opening to get to calm side on seal island.   So we continued on to Maunday’s Bay and dropped anchor off of the beach side near Juluca Hotel which is on the southwest side of Anguilla for a lunch and swim in the area.  

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Played in water for several hours with noodles, snorkel and paddle board.  Basia and Gus gave a try on the paddle board. Basia did great.

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Gus not so much. Durf.. paddle board to paddle board ace.  Later Gus got the hang if it and paddled for a while.

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Welcome Aboard – Smitten Kitten at St. Martin Simpson Bay.

Even though we arrived in St. Martin a few days early, our first night on the Smitten Kitten Catamaran was Saturday, the 16 of November.  One would think that it would be cold in November but the weather was a balmy 80F average during the day, the water around 83-85F, and the nights in the high 60’s to low 70’s.  Perfect for the snow dwellers or even for us desert dwellers from hot Arizona.

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The feature image of the Festiva Sailing trip was taken of Sandy Beach near Anguilla .  The aerial of St. Martin below is not my image.  Stop at this Official Website for St. Martin.  There you can learn a lot about the island and exciting events, activities, hotels, island life, etc.  St. Martin and the nearby islands have been one of our favorite vacation destinations and as you will see in future posts it’s evident why.

 

First rule of thumb, off with the shoes and you hardly see them the rest of the holiday.  Drop the minimal number of bags in your

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cabin.  Don’t over pack as this is a 4 cabin Catamaran with limited storage.  All you need is swim suits, a few wraps, shorts, light tops, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For some of the gents a hat would be a very good idea to stop the burn on the top.

We were greeted by our hosts Jenny and Stuart with a splendid happy hour set up a waiting for our 5:00pm arrival on board with along with our good friends, Fred and Basia.  This was a special trip and adventure as Basia was celebrating one of her “big one” birthdays but we’re not telling which one.  Stuart greeted us with a traditional island cocktail; a Rum Punch with plenty of local rum.  Dinner was a Shrimp and Couscous dish with chopped fresh vegetables.  I hadn’t thought at this time of posting about the holiday, so I’ve only one picture to share from dinner and it’s just one small piece of Jenny’s Kiwi Cheesecake.

2013-11-24T07-00-30_8I’m hoping to get recipes from Jenny to share with you.

The Cheese Cake was a creamy no bake dish with slices of local fresh kiwi.  Melt in your mouth delicious.

This is not the furry Cat you’re thinking about.  It’s a fine sailing yacht.  Now, my hubby Gus would be fine with the sailing but if he were faced with the feline cat that could be an issue.  We won’t go there though.  Instead.. lets talk about the water gliding Cat…  felines don’t like water.

Our Cat set sale from  the British Virgin Islands which are in the Caribbean just east of Puerto Rico and makes it a fairly easy trip for us from Arizona.  BVI is located in the northeastern Caribbean and are known for their beauty and calm waters.  There are a multitude of excellent anchorages and off the beaten route islands.  I’m alway talking the captain into letting me take over after we have  set sail and then attempt to tack the ship.

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KC Sailing the Cat

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While on our Catamaran tip which departed from Nanny Cay, we spent the week exploring  the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.  During mid-day stops we would usually anchor at a remote Cay for a light lunch, snorkel or walk along a beach.

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The pictures below are from the Baths in Virgin Gorda.  First, you take the small dinghy to the main cove and gingerly step out into shallow waves specifically designed to knock you on your butt.  After emptying your suit of the sand you’ve gather your senses and continue to make our way to the beach.  From there you work your way through dense trees and then into cave like groups of boulder while using scaling ropes to reach the warm baths.  It’s worth every moment and grain of sand that was imbedded on my fanny.

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At the warm and soothing Baths

Our hosts are Festiva Sailing Vacations and these are featured images from their website.  We began sailing with Festiva when the first hit the waters in 2005 or 2006 visiting The Soggy Dollar Bar, Foxy’s and The Willie T while in the BVI.  We’ve been enjoying their vacations ever since.

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Map of the BVI