I am quite pleased with these two shots. I love the bright blue sky and I love the perspective of the fishing pier, the way it runs out into the sea to meet the horizon. But I couldn’t think of anything else to write about them, other than that the name was puzzling me.
Never heard that word before. Is it the name of a shark? As in the logo or is it the name of a fish? (They say Islamorada is the sports fishing capital of the world, so I took that as a hint.)
During the 1960s, the lodge came under the control of the Twitchell family. Cynthia Twitchell, also known as “Chee,” was an heiress to the A&P grocery chain. The name Cheeca actually came from combining Cynthia’s nickname with her husband’s first name, Carl. Under the Twitchells, the lodge underwent a major refurbishment, with the addition of the main lodge, more villas along the oceanfront, a golf course and Cheeca’s now iconic wooden fishing pier.
A narrow road snakes its way up the hill from the harbour — we’re on St Helena Island, 1690nm from Cape Town —we follow it to the top and stop to catch a glimpse of the cold Atlantic Ocean cradled between her breasts. The swell is gentle and rolls in slowly while a bank of clouds hangs over the water like an albatross.
Everything is still, but we’d rather be back on the boat.
I smile like The Cheshire Cat when I look back at these photographs.
I smile because
(a) I took them — which means I was out there. We were out there. We crossed the Atlantic on our 43’ sailboat. Crazy. There were times when I wondered why we were doing it. It was rough. We kept watch each night for weeks — without sleep — dodging squalls with wind gusts upwards of 35 knots. The days were not much better. We had a following sea and we could not let it catch us.
We had to watch our back.
We couldn’t slow down.
"There are perfectly good aeroplanes," I said to Robb one night after throwing the cockpit cushions down the companion way (for the third time) and slamming the hatch closed so that the torrential rain would not flood down below and then quickly grinding in the genoa sheet before the sail could be mauled by the wind, "there are aeroplanes."
"But I’m scared of heights," he said and smiled while his knuckles turned white with his grip on the wheel.