“The sail back from Grenada to the BVI was one of the best parts of the entire trip,” says Mike Zani. “It was just a bombing broad reach the whole way.”
An ongoing consulting career for Conley Zani forced her to take off for periodic business trips, leaving Mike with the home-schooling mantle as the family headed southeast along the Leeward Islands. A former nanny joined Fabuloso for visits when Conley was away, as did Mike’s father.
Dominica was at the center of the Gonsalveses’ winter plans. With more than a week spent in Antigua, they split from their friends and worked westward, eventually exploring the Spanish Virgin Islands before making it to the Bahamas. The family set out to follow their own path with few interruptions, wishing to focus on schoolwork and establish a routine. “We really wanted to enjoy ourselves,” says Jeff. “Six months is short. When we caught a fish, the children would draw it out on paper. We did some intentional situation-specific education, like looking up and documenting the animals we found, but six months was a little short to dial that in.”