Another great Sail Windjammer vacation

We just got back from a weeks sailing thru the Grenadines with the Parrish Heads in Paradise & Limin’ Place on board the S/V Mandalay.  Here are just a few photos (more coming soon)…enjoy!

We made a few new friends.

A lot more friends….

Jimmy Parrish and Limin’ Place entertained us all week!

For the most part the weather was great and the scenery was beautiful.

Snorkeling did not disappoint either.

Sail Windjammer is not known for gourmet cuisine, but we didn’t exactly starve either.

One particular “snacks & swizzles” was made 10x better when some passengers bought a few local fresh fish to share!

It was a great week to be aboard the S/V Mandalay!

Shopping list…

When we get down island to Grenada and the grenadines, we have a few things that we always like to find to bring home. The first is Jack Iron rum which I previously posted about.

The second is Nut-Med. What is Nut-Med? Nut-Med is spray on comfort for aching muscles, joints and nerves. I’ve had planters fasciitis in the past and this little potion provided some much sought after relief from the pain (at least for a little while).

The third is Grenada Chocolate….and well, chocolate doesn’t really need an explanation, does it!

Mandalay meanderings….

The Sail Windjammer pamphlet that I have lists Carriacou after Grenada in the selection of Grenadine Islands that we may visit during a week sailing on the S/V Mandalay.   

Each time that we have sailed the Grenadines, Carriacou is a morning stop quite close to the end of the week.
It is no coincidence that most of the 100+ establishments that serve the notorious Jack Iron rum do not even open their doors until the sun is much higher over the yardarm. This is part of the captains master plan to keep to a minimum the amount of time Jack Iron will be on the Mandalay!  

Jack Iron rum is described by the ministry of rum as a light brown rum distilled from fermented molasses. Of course that description doesn’t do it justice at all. Jack Iron is legendary stuff not to be messed with or taken lightly. It is said that one can use it as engine fuel, paint stripper and, in small portions, it is the cure to what ails you…oh and the real stuff will make your lips and tongue go numb with just a sip! 

The real Jack Iron Rum out of the oak barrels (stored in various containers under the local bars in Carriacou) is 99% strong; t-shirts and labels warn to keep it away from open flames. It quite literally can light up your life. And thus the captain is quite right in his efforts to keep “Jack” off his ship.

We, however, on occasion, have brought back to the states a bottle or two of the tourists version of Jack Iron. The “Tourist Version” of Jack Iron bottled by Westerhall is watered down to 140 proof to comply with airline regulations. 

It is perfect for Pete’s Chocolate Rum Cake.  

A tasty reminder of our island vacation. 

Soon we will be at Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar again

No shoes, no power, no roads… And somehow the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Locals, expats, and tourists will arrive by dingy for an afternoon of limin’.

Roger will serve up various rum drinks. And dominoes will be sitting on the table waiting for players.

“Life is just a tire swing” according to lyrics of a Jimmy Buffet song.  

Mary will serve up a BBQ plate that keeps people coming back another Sunday for more deliciousness (for us it has been a few years).

Stories will be shared, drinks drank, and games played…it will be another wonderful day on Hog Island, Grenada.

We had a visitor tonight

It’s an Eatern Hercules Beetle.  And he was big and mighty!

If you are searching for something to read…

May I suggest:

The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof
The author and her perpetually hungry husband ditched their Toronto careers to sail around the Caribbean ingesting as much of the island cultures as possible. Each chapter tells of a new adventure ashore, the cuisine discovered while visiting farms and processing sites (like the Grenadian chocolate factory), and learning to make the exotic local dishes. At the end of each chapter a local recipe is shared. 71 stories and recipes! Everything from stewed goat to callaloo.

The author combines two wonderful things: tourism and tasty food!

Available on Amazon – click here.

The countdown begins….

We have begun preparations for our next Windjammer adventure….

Back in 2006, we were late to the party. Both the WJBC sailing days and the movie night onboard the S/V Mandalay. That night we had gone ashore for a lobster dinner at Foxy’s. Approaching the ship via the launch, we could see an old sail being used as a movie screen and the movie was Captain Ron.   

Thus began a tradition for us. Each year as we plan our migration to the Caribbean, El Caribe, we prepare for “the land of voodoo, hoodoo, and all kinda weird $#!&” by sitting back, drinking a cold one, and watching that movie. Last weekend we checked this off our list…the countdown continues.

Merry Christmas

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Bolo & Bailey with Santa – December 2015

Merry Christmas and all the best of health and happiness in the coming New Year!

The last work days of the year are upon us, as both our places of employment prepare to have their holiday vacation shutdown. We look forward to the time off.

At this time of year, we pause a moment to look back at our busy year and we are amazed at how fast it has gone by. Most of all, we’re grateful for the time that we have been able to share with our family and friends. Both our jobs are doing well and we get to spend our spare time doing things we enjoy. Can’t ask for much more than that!

Peter & Mary Clukey wishing you the best this season has to offer.

Canadian Rockies 2015

We have published a “highlights” album of our Canadian Rockies trip. We’re still working on the big album…lots of pictures, it’s going to take a while.  

We choose Globus Journeys for our tour operator to the Canadian Rockies. While we had a wonderful vacation, we found Globus Journeys to be subpar to other tour operators that we have used in the past and thus we would NOT recommend them to our family and friends. 

Click here to view our Canadian highlights album:


Merry Christmas!

Bolo Christmas Card

The last work days of the year are upon us, as both our places of employment prepare to have their holiday vacation shutdown. We look forward to the time off.

To all of our family and friends, near and far, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

And we wish to share our yearly Christmas update letter with you:

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