Sailing the British Virgin Islands (Part Three)

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The 3rd and final post of the BVI trip — I blame the severe lateness of this post on Captain Evan for holding his BVI pictures hostage….and maybe me for being a bad blogger. But guess who just gave me a little sailboat memory stick full of priceless pics!? Thanks Ev and Monica. These are amazing! And without further ado…here are days 7, 8 and 9 of our British Virgin Islands Trip. If you are new to A Bit of Bees Knees and want to catch up, here are parts One and Two.
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Day 7
We sailed away from Norman Island that morning and started our way to the east side of Jost Van Dyke for the Bubbly Pool. I woke up to the rocking of the boat and Enya’s Caribbean Blue being played on the loud speaker. My jam! I climbed out of the bedroom hatch and a plate of eggs Benedict was waiting for me. The Wannamaker’s don’t mess around – vacation perfection. We moored the catamaran and motored the dinghy to the dock. The hike to the pool is about a mile, it’s fairly easy, but beware of the poisonous plants along the trail. If you stay on the path you’ll be fine. It’s a wildly fun spot (I wouldn’t suggest it for the kiddies), at high tide it can be dangerous, so make sure you don’t go beyond the funnel or stay high up on the rocks if you want to venture further. When a big wave rolls in, it will burst through the narrow passage leading to the pool. There are a few rocks that you can hold onto while the wave passes overhead. Please be careful that you don’t let the current pull you out to sea. Hold on tight! It can be a blast if you’re smart about it.
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Doing what I do best ^^^
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After the bubbly pool we crammed everyone into a dinghy and ventured out to a little island called Sandy Spit  (18°26’59.83″N 64°42’31.46″W) just off Jost Van Dyke. The whole island is less than 1/2 an acre with a ring of white sand, a few plants and palms – the most picturesque deserted island you could ever dream of.
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^^^ Dan jumped out of the dinghy and swam the rest of the way. He wanted the island all to himself .
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Slightly ecstatic crew 😉 Funny thing… we meet a group with @natgeocreative on assignment in the BVI’s at Willy T’s the night before. Nat Geo’s can party ;)! They followed our route a day later and took some fantastic pictures of the island from above. Check them out here.
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That night we moored off Jost, made garlic shrimp for dinner and sipped on OJ, cream of coconut and rummmmm to our hearts content.

Day 8
We sailed to Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke for ice cream and walked the beach, put our reservation in for Vinny’s that night. Then sailed to White Bay just around the point, swam, checked out The Soggy Dollar, napped on the boom (Ry’s favorite sleeping spot) and watched the sunset. We sailed back to Vinny’s and had conch fritters for dinner. I wrote our names inside the E of “Be Happy Don’t Worry” on the back wall of the restaurant. Lots of visitors leave there mark here – for future travelers to read or with hopes to revisit someday. We danced the night away at Foxy’s and enjoyed our last night on the boat.
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White Bay, BVI
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^Bruised up, bit up by skeeters and still loving every second.
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Day 9
We woke up early around 6:00AM to sail back to Soper’s Hole on Tortola to return the boat. We grabbed some coffee and breakfast at D’Best Cup Coffee Shop and stocked up on Harbor Market’s ginger hot sauce and fresh nutmeg for family back home. We took a ferry back to St. Thomas for our flight to NYC for the weekend before flying back home to California.
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^^^Dan walking the streets of Charlotte Amalie. Lunch at Glady’s Cafe –  stewed oxtails, w/ peas, rice, plantains and sweet potato.
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The last hurrah. I could get used to vacations like this. A once in a life time trip with the best crew of buds.
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What a fantastic trip! We prepared to switch weather from 85F to 35F and population from 10 to 8,500,000…off to NYC for a few days! Bye bye BVI’s you were so good to us!
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A weekend in Los Angeles

Daniel and I had to work in Los Angeles over the weekend.  We we’re busy most of the time, but had a few hours off during the evening for surfing in Malibu, exploring restaurants and a meet up with my cousin Emily and her main man Ben in Venice. It was a nice change of pace – a fun little get away.  Here are our pictures from our weekend away.
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^^^Malibu Farm has been on my bucket list for quite sometime. I heard great things about it…fresh food, healthy, great location right on the beach where Dan wanted to surf. We found $5 parking in a lot right next to the restaurant and spent the evening surfing and grabbing a bite to eat at the Malibu Farm Cafe on the end of the pier.
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Fresh kale Caesar salad with watermelon radishes, apple spinach juice and a Steven Tyler on the side!
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It’s beginning to look like fall! Look…not feel (like fall). It was 102F in the city today. Super Uggggh nasty.
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On our way to work work work…
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We picked The Butcher’s Daughter as our meet-up restaurant with my cousin – it happened to be the same night of the Abbot Kinney festival. Lots of vendors selling homemade goodies and vintage finds. Great people watching!
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What a gorgeous place! The decor was A+! Fantastic vegetarian dishes, drinks and coffee.
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^^^The Queens Tea – earl grey infused Lillet Blanc, pressed lemon and egg white
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^^^Rosemary’s Cup – Contratto Rosso, rosemary, pressed ginger, cucumber, strawberry & mint
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Golden Hour Sail

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A golden hour sail with our buds this weekend. We always have the best time when Ev, Mon and Ry invite us along on their adventures! Whether it’s sailing in the BVI’s, spending the weekend in Sonoma or taking a cruise in Newport…these friends know how to grab life by the cajónes and live it up. They do normal people stuff too,  like backyard bbq’s and late night ramen 😉 Thanks for being so cool and inviting us to tag along. We are luck to have such awesome friends. It was a fantastic evening.
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Make Your Own Pizza Night

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Make-you-own-pizza night! Dan and I thought it would be fun to have some friends over and make our own pizzas at home. We got all the fixings…dough, sauce, cheese, sausage, pepperoni, basil, olives, veggies etc. D snagged a few mini pizza boxes from our local Mom n Pop pizza shop around the corner and he boxed up our babies and headed to the beach to catch the sunset. It was a perfectly “cheesy” summer evening.
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Summer is Here

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We drove down to Laguna and had lunch at Urth Caffe. Our friend Avalon showed us the cutest little “Hidden House” coffee shop on the most charming street – Los Rios in historic San Juan Capistrano. They say it’s the oldest continually occupied neighborhood in California (since 1794). Tiny adorable cottages along a dirt road with tall jacarandas, pepper trees and prickly pear cactus.
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^^^Mmmm lox & bagels plate + eggs benedict, Japanese matcha latte and coffee.
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^ Los Rio Street Hidden House Coffee. It’s pretty adorable. D and I took our Mama’s here last Sunday and they loved it. We sat out on the patio and listened to the live Jazz band across the street – sipped on iced mocha’s and munched on salted caramel brownie bars, lavender biscottis and almond croissants. Definitely a Mom place…cute street, adorable cafe’s, tea rooms and a few tiny shops.
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The garden behind the adobe house.
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The door from The Blas Aguilar Adobe AKA Casa de Esperanza, or House of Hope. In 1794, the Mission San Juan Capistrano built a number of adobes to house soldiers and the local Native Americans who worked at the mission.
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Another historic house –> converted into a lovely little restaurant. Supposedly my cousin’s favorite spot. I haven’t tried it yet, but she said it’s amazing. The Ramos House Cafe.

We ended our day with a picnic dinner on the beach. These summer weekends are heavenly!