Happy New Year fromÂ Providenciales, Turks & Caicos!Â We spent our New Yearâ€™s Eve with our new friends Selena and Dan here at the nearly excellent Coyaba restaurant and the quite chi-chi Grace Bay Club.Â Selena and Dan were down here honeymooning at the Grace Bay Club from their home in St. Louis, where Selena is a law student at an excellent law school and Dan is a sales rep for an excellent golf company.Â We actually spent three very fun evenings with them, and I expect theyâ€™ll be our friends long after we leave the boat.
We also spent New Years Day with Selena and Dan, this time sitting on our behinds at what passes for a sports bar here in Provo (and, by the way, it passes pretty well, all things considered) and watching the Trojans shred the heretofore ballyhooed Wolverines, followed by the eye-popping Boise St./Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl.Â During the games, I realized that this was the first Trojan Rose Bowl I have missed attending in exactly 30 years â€“ and Iâ€™m only 34 years old.
As some of you likely have heard, our passage down here from Marsh Harbour was not exactly â€œsmooth.â€Â I am working on a comprehensive integrated write-up of â€œFiasco Autopilotâ€ and â€œFiasco-Plus Turks & Caicos Passage.â€Â The passage really was a borderline Calamity, except that (a) it was never dangerous, and (b) it always was at least somewhat funny.Â I promise you a full (which will mean VERY lengthy but quite entertaining) account in the next couple of days.Â
For now, we are enjoying Provo, except for the third-world marina in which we are staying.Â TheÂ marina is a very bumpy 20-minute drive down a dirt road from anything resembling civilization.Â It has no hot water (so I havenâ€™t shaved since Marsh Harbour) and is generally filthy, so weâ€™re trying to finish our boat projects by around 2:00 p.m. each day before having a (cold) shower, getting dressed and heading into town (in our sweet rental Geo Tracker that is about to fall apart).Â
We expect to be here for about another week before pushing off for St. Thomas.Â It is unfortunate to be behind schedule already, but if there is one thing that the trip down here taught me, it is that you simply canâ€™t use a â€œlandâ€ schedule for a â€œseaâ€ trip.Â We may have to skip an island or two that weâ€™d previously planned on visiting, but thatâ€™s just how it goes.