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Full Moon Fever

January 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Today is our last day in the toxic oven formally called the boatyard. After two grueling weeks of sweating it out here in sauna-like cabin temperatures, we’re all glad to be leaving the yard. You see, we had to keep all windows cracked and the door shut so our little Houdini cat kiddycoma-nap.jpg wouldn’t turn Chicken Little into a chicken tender. pkiddychickens.jpg The wind is blocked in the yard so you’re free to enjoy the life-shortening fumes of paint and fiberglass as you bake in the stagnant prison. So days were brutal around the yard and it wasn’t uncommon to find me napping at the beach in the shade on any given day.

There’s a cool surf outfitter on the beach right across from the yard called Island Surf and Sail.island-surf2.jpgisland-sailvert.jpgisland-sail1.jpg The owner Scott, is a great guy and invited us to bbq at his house Tuesday night to celebrate the full moon. He and his wife have a great place with an amazing view of Smugglers Cove. Good times with good food and great people. That was just the warm up for the real party.

After stuffing our gullets, we made a b-line to the legendary full moon party at the Bomba Shack. According to locals, this was one of the smallest turnouts, but it was still the most people we’ve seen in one spot here on Tortola. There was a reggae band that played until a dispute with the management forced them to pull the plug early. bomba.jpg We kept the party going with our entertaining friend, Gemma who juggled fire to a mesmerized, tea drinking crowd.


Ty went out for a short kite session today while Kyber finished up work on the windlass.


The people here have been great. Even though we were doing more dreaded boat work, we still managed to have a blast.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sylvia, Ben's other parent // Jan 25, 2008 at 9:24 am

    That photo of P Kiddy in the yard with the chickens is a hoot! His straight-up tail makes it looks like he just wanted to say “hi” and hang out with them. You know, maybe you should consider writing/documenting HIS trip on the Natural Mystic and shopping it around.

  • 2 billy dorff // Jan 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    kentucky fried chicken, finger lickin good..awesome fire dancers…score any surfing lately????

  • 3 Jamie // Jan 26, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Cool…you guys finally get to leave the toxic fumes! We are still getting slammed with rain and SEast wind! Windsurfed 2 days and got worked in the South Easter bath tub wind chop! Hitting Mammoth for some Pow Pow on Tuesday. All is good as long as the playing continues! Perpetual Adolesant!! Jamie

  • 4 Mike // Jan 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    get ready…I hear some good swell is on the way!

  • 5 sabork // Jan 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm


  • 6 billy dorff // Jan 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    cane garden bay on tortola is a great wave, best from what i hear, hope you check it out!

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