The highlight of my trip to St. Thomas was Sam and Diane's wedding. They were married by Rick the Pirate. When they got to the part of the wedding ceremony where Rick the pirate asked if anyone objected to this marriage, Rick quickly pulled out his Blunderbuss pistol and threated to shoot anyone who spoke up! Also included in the pictures below is a big Wahoo that was caught by a local fellow. He keeps his boat in front of Sam and Diane's diveshop. I guess the fish reminded me a little of Sam, now that he has been hook, line and sinkered!!
Gayle, Sarah and Joe picked me up at the airport, and we drove into town and had dinner at Betsey'. Met Larry and Brie and their newborn Jack, who is going to be a great sailor like his Dad and grand-dad. Nice picture of Jollymon at the mooring near the cruise ship dock.
While in St. Thomas working and attending Sam and Diane's wedding, my good buddy Gerard graciously opened his home to me. His home is in the Mangroves of the Lagoon, not far from where I used to keep the Bel Ami. His faithful companion, Mary Ann, is a large poodle who I got to be friends with. Not to mention Gerard's cat, who I fed from time to time. Being in the Mangroves was quite an experience, what with all the no-see-ums, misquitos and palmetto bugs (GIANT roaches). But, alas, I adapted, and a good time was had by all.
Back to Wisconsin for work the last week of October, and it was COLD!! BRRRRRR!! Below are some pictures of what the weather was doing when I got to my car on a Friday afternoon in Eau Claire. Driving back to Madison that day was like being in a Blizzard! Give me the tropics, PLEASE!!