Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 147- Long Island, Antigua

The weather has been cloudy and rainy for the last four days.  It feels like every towel we own is some degree of wet.  Not sure they'll ever dry out at this point.  Can't complain too much, the air temp is still in the mid 80's and the water temp in the same range.  We're still getting used to traveling around the reefs and the ideal conditions for this is a bright sun directly overhead, so we've been exploring our immediate area while waiting for the sun to come back.  We took a trip to Parham; the description in our guide was as thriving port...maybe at some point.  Today it seems like a funky run down local boat yard and not much more, but still interesting.  We also took a trip to Great Bird Island.   All good except it is a sanctuary for the Antiguan racer snake, supposedly the rarest and most endangered snake in the world.  I don't like snakes and had the heebie jeebies for the rest of the day.  The snorkeling on the reefs around the island was a lot of fun.  Oh and little crabs have taken up residence in our deck drains.  They scurry around on deck and then hide in the drains when we come up.

The main shopping center in Parham

Here, you haul your boat onto the ramp with your vehicle

Lunch under a palm

50ft drop to the ocean below, Great Bird Island

View from the top of Great Bird Island

Buddy snorkeling

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