Last week, after a year of close calls and missed connections, we (along with our besties on Selah) finally met up with Crystal and Rob on Kairos in Hansen Bay, St. John. Lots of lobster hunting, dinner partying, paddle boarding, floating bar fun, and general anchorage mayhem ensued. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly friendships form in this sailing life.

Kairos also happens to be a dog boat. Their pups, Jaela and Baxter, traveled with Crystal and Rob all the way from Denver, sailed from Florida to Martinique, and are currently making their way back north. These woofers are pros at boat life, and it was magic watching them teach Marigot and Cole a thing or two about playing on the beach.

And, as luck would have it, Hansen Bay is outside Park Service jurisdiction, and therefore dog friendly. Don’t get me wrong, we adore the National Park Service for preserving the natural beauty of the majority of St. John, but right now, we’re happy to be anchored in a place that makes life easier (and  lot more fun) for Cole, Marigot, and their furry companions.

Watching your dogs gleefully sprint and wrestle together down a beautiful, abandoned beach is one of the great joys in life. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend.

Cole instantly fell in love with Jaela

They still won’t put a toe in the water – even when we try to coax them in with their favorite treat – can’t believe they are island dogs!

Baxter, allowing Marigot to chase him