(Matapalo, Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica)
As far as birthday’s go, I’d say Gregory had himself a pretty decent one. Sails were flown. Fish were caught. Dolphins were seen. Waves were rode. And Skor Cake was consumed. Deee-cent.
The name of the game today was to sail, fish, and surf (successfully) all in one day. We set sail from our Orquideas anchorage bound for Matapalo. The wind was in our favour. We were full sail, no engines, for step one of the three point day. Then Frankie’s people came a calling.
Ever since Sarah, Melissa, and I vacationed to Cuba we’ve known of Frankie’s near delirium that accompanies the presence of a dolphin. In the years since Cuba as I emailed Melissa random dolphin trivia and thought of her at the sight of any and all dolphin paraphernalia, I began to think that I was building up her fondness for the fun-loving ocean mammal in my head. Well today stood to prove that theory entirely wrong. If anything, I had underestimated the pure elation she feels at the sight of them. With dolphins flying in from all directions her excitement radiated across the water. Screams and yelps of joy were matched with breaches and jumps from her slick, show-off friends.
When the show was over, we took the opportunity to try a few tricks of our own. Greg, unbeknownst to everyone else, set up a line off the back and sent himself flying off the bow as Oceanna continued in her forward fashion. With the dragline set, Sarah, Dave, and Bunz all took their turn going for an underway tow.
With another dolphin sighting in the books we were closing in on our anchorage. As per usual, this is when the fishing lines go into action and Greg reeled in a Sierra Mackarel for a second round of fresh sashimi tonight. Completing step two of the three point birthday.
Once the anchor was down – in a considerably rollier anchorage for our flatland friends – Greg set out on the paddle board in search of a birthday wave. The swell has been next to nonexistent for the last week so it was a hunt for sure, but he came back with a smile on his face securing the third and last step of his three point birthday.
To round out the day Greg opened his birthday present packed full of 5 cent candies and we all enjoyed a Skor Cake. Both made possible by solid friends bringing the goods from Canada!