Saturday, November 14, 2009
Last stop was Rodney Bay where Marvin was to meet friends he met on the way down. This is our track through the marina but we finally decided to take a slip (only 33.00 US per night). Seems like Marvin took most of the pictures on this trip so mine are kind of skimpy. HOWEVER, St. Lucia was wonderful…we will go back and plan to stay much longer. Marvin said he wanted to look into renting a house for a month.
Hey Dad…when I was a kid you always asked me if I had combed my hair with a wagon wheel. Was this the one you were talking of? This is in the botanical gardens – a must see in Soufriere.
Next we ventured up to Vieux Fort to clear customs into St Lucia.. Who would have thought you would have to climb a ladder to clear customs, but this is definitely part of the ‘island’ experience. Mark and I had never been to St. Lucia so we were looking forward to exploring it with Marvin.
Wallilabou Bay was our next stop and much to our surprise we found that it was used during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. Mark and Marvin toured some of the sets left behind.
The next morning we took off and sailed to St Vincent. Marvin and Mark decided to try their luck at fishing but I am sad to report that the only fish we have caught to date is from another fisherman via our wallet.
We sailed around Bequia and took pictures of Moonhole houses – check them out at http://www.paradise-islands.org/grenadines/bequia-moonhole.htm We wanted to tour but unfortunately they were not yet open for the season. We have found that many places are not open as business has been so bad due to the downturn in the economy. So all you folks still working kick it in the &^%$ and get the economy back in shape so we can tour next year. We anchored that night in Friendship Bay but it was a bit rolly. Marvin is able to sleep better on the boat then at home…we think it is because he has no work that he must do here…doesn’t work for me, darn the luck!
We met some folks anchored next to us in Grenada (Dave and Rayanne) aboard Nakita a 40 ft. Hallberg-Rassey. They have a 3 and 5 year old – now this takes guts! But they are having a good time, this is Isabelle and Jake. It was Jake’s 6th birthday and we were invited out for pizza (thank GOD there is no such thing as Chucky Cheese here) and after for cake aboard their boat.
We met some very nice folks aboard a catamaran named Ragazza III, Gitta and Ove from Sweden. We had happy hour aboard their boat and then dinner out. After Marvin arrived we had them over for HH and then dinner…alas no pictures with Marvin included.
The captain went overboard with snorkel gear to check the situation. The chain (on the other boat) was removed from the anchor well and tied to a long rope. This was then fed over our chain then under and back to their boat. The chain was retrieved via the windlass which in turn dragged the their anchor under our hull. They were very grateful that we were calm and competent. What the heck, no new scratches! We untied the lines and off they went….so much for our very first Caribbean ‘raft-up’.
The next morning (Sunday) I heard some voices close (I was below) and popped up to see who was coming to visit. Imagine my astonishment when I saw this boat crosswise in front of us dragging anchor. I told Mark he was needed topside NOW and ran forward to lend a hand. We got the boat along side ours and put all fenders out. These folks were from Czechoslovakia and the captain did not speak any English, however a crewmember did.