Miss Tippy visiting Saba, a Dutch Island near St. Kitts. I borrowed these two photos of the Miss Tippy boat as I realized I didn’t take a photo of this gorgeous Oyster 57.
This is sunset at Saba, isn’t this a lovely boat?
Miss Tippy? You are asking me who is Miss Tippy? Miss Tippy is a boat, and the Norton Family are her crew. I met them the two days before I left the Galapagos and I was sad in a way because I would have liked to have gotten to know them much better. Here is the docking area where the water taxis bring you to the restaurant we all met at for a big birthday celebration for two of the women in the Blue Water Rally.
It is kind of hard to see, but the dock comes down to a boat that floats and you step of onto it and then walk up the dock to the restaurant. Pretty neato.
I had never seen a real live Gecko until tonight, and here it is…a little bit underwhelming as far as color goes…but this photo is deceptive. You see the wine glasses? They are hanging from a shelf, which means the Gecko is hanging onto the vertical wall. Can you see his little suction cup toes at work there?
This photo just thrilled me to no end. I was trying to take a photo of a boat anchored right off the restaurant balcony, but my flash couldn’t reach far enough…what are all of those little white dots you ask?
That is the humidity, water in the air. It is like that constantly here. Amazing. I like having a photo of it!
Here is the dinner set up with chefs preparing the meal.
The table is a dugout canoe that has had a top put over it for serving. It was really lovely.
Here are the hands of Miss Charlie, one of the awesome Norton kids from Miss Tippy. With another Gecko. Different colors here, but still not very colorful.
I had to ask why the boat was named Miss Tippy. Charlie, being the oldest, answered. She said that when she was really little she would go sailing with her parents and when the winds were up and sailing was good, the boat tips to one side. She would always tell her daddy to make the boat stop tipping as she didn’t like it. Miss Tippy was her nickname!
And here are the three Miss Tippy kids. They were so well behaved, well spoken and educated, and knew they were on a trip of a lifetime! Charlie is the oldest, the blond girl in the center, Annie is the youngest on the left, and Freddie is the boy. The other girl child in the photo was a friend from Isabella Island. She was fun. When she told me her name she was very specific that her name was *Scottish*. It was Isla, which means Island. I had to laugh as that is what Isla means in Spanish also and she was Ecuadorean!
Freddie holding another colored Gecko.
Me and Charlie trying to get a photo of ourselves together with our digital cameras.
One green eye, one blue eye!
The waiter took pity on us and took our photo. I will miss this young lady, she was quite the conversationalist and was brilliant, funny, loving and interested!
Her Mama invited me to come stay with them in London when they returned from their round the world sailing adventure in August of 2011. I just might have to take them up on it, I haven’t been to London yet!
Pretty ladies, new friends.
More Geckos…a veritable play ground. These were some wonderful kids and I hope to get a chance to introduce this wonderful family to my family some day.
Wow, travel is so good for the soul and the emotional well being if done right.