06/17/2010, Thru the Sunroof of Tour Guide's SUV!
You'll just have to wait and see the surprisingly good photos from standing thru the sunroof, while our Taxi driver, Reese is swiftly careening around St. Vincent to squeeze in all our wishes today! We were totally surprised that (1) we made it all day long without anything more than greasy armpits and clothes from the sunroof tracks, and (2) sore jaws from laughing at bouncing against each other without a single grumble.
I always ask permission before I shoot blatant closeups, only right ya know, however, I'm finding that there are a lot of 'hamsters' out there! This guy wasn't only amenable to the photography, but a showman too! That, by the way is a very large breadfruit he's trying to sell! And all we thought we were acquiring were directions! There I go thinking again!
The Photo Gallery entitled: St. Vincent...thru the SUNROOF! Pretty good stuff after all!
06/17/2010, To Windward + Black Point...Jasper Tunnel!
We were swept away to the windward cost and O'M'God! When we get tired of the scenery, the sunsets, the great folks we meet, it will be time to go home! In the meantime, that hasn't even begun to happen. The last place on our wish list is Black Point Park, the home of the unique Jasper Tunnel. This tunnel is about 3,000 feet long and was ordered to be built by the British and constructed by slave labor in 1815 to provide an access route for sugar exports. This stunning achievement is mind boggling and the view at the end of the tunnel is over the top. Very hard to believe that anything could be loaded onto a vessel of any kind from these rocky shores, but it was! Incredible really!
Check out these amazing pix in the Photo Gallery entitled: St. Vincent, Black Point Tunnel!
06/17/2010, Montreal Gardens
The Montreal Gardens are widely renown and were a must see during this short visit today! Reese, our tour guide and taxi driver, agreed to squeeze in all we wanted to do today for a reasonable price and also agreed to my request to stand up thru the sunroof to shoot the sights as we raced the clock today! Our bruises and grease marks were proof positive of our childlike joy as Carol and I did the "SOB" into each other for hours (that would be "slide over baby").
Both Carol and I managed the tiny opening happily and were a sight to behold as we photographed the churches, the flora, the architecture and then we had to pass through the Mesopotamia Valley! St. Vincent's bread basket as it is lovingly denoted. How stunning, richly fertile and electrically lush! I have to say that we were successful in capturing at least half of what we shot on the fly! Very fun, very beautiful and ooooooooo, the gardens. Even Dudley said that it was breathtaking...now he knows what I mean when I exclaim "My endorphins are on overdrive" in the Heavenly Caribbean Floral Wonderlands we been privy!
Enjoy the Photo Gallery named: Montreal Gardens, A St. Vincent Jewel. It was practically impossible to choose a post shot from the utterly indescribably, magnanimously, lucious choices.
06/17/2010, First Sight of a Bustling St. Vincent...
We talked Carol into taking a ferry to St. Vincents today! We really needed to step away from the decision...'CONTINUE NORTH' OR 'GO BACK TO GRENADA'!
We wanted to see St. Vincent, but more people than not are sailing right past this historical, rich cultural, beautiful country! Those who brave the aggressive boat boys and the reported crime either get extremely lucky (or not) and hide in a spot where they feel safe! No way will we be bringing Altair to St. Vincent, other than on a ferry! It's very sad really, and I wish we cruisers could band together and plead with the government to make some changes.
What a GLORIOUS day! We got a taxi/tour guide, Reese, and negotiated a price for three things we'd researched and were determined to visit.
First was the Botanical Garden and we were treated to a guide named "Professor" St. Clair! He was so entertaining, very good at teaching visitors about the flora and trees at the Garden and terrifically funny!
Enjoy the pix in the Photo Gallery marked: St. Vincent, "Botanical Gardens".
This Post shot is "Professor" St. Clair attaching norfolk pine seed pods 'dreadlocks' to his dreadlocks,\ effortlessly as he does for all of us "children" who giggle as easily as the wee kids.
06/15/2010, Our Home in Miami...
We did get wifi, just as our friends so graciously declared, just in time for some bad news! My good friend Caroleeena, who is watching our house when she's in Miami, found standing water on the first floor or our townhouse. The ceiling is sagging and stained downstairs, the carpet in the master bedroom is wet and stained upstairs and we need to go home to take care of it. Our son came down from West Palm and cannot find a leak anywhere. He ran water for an extended period of time, out of every possible source, while scouring every nook and cranny in our home to find the cause of the problem, to to avail.
Unfortunately, Dudley and I are 'discussing it' and he is hellbent in getting to Puerto Rico for the hurricane season. I think it's too late to be going anywhere, with a predicted active season before us and the weather is already very tumultuous right now! He says it's the best time of year to go sailing. I said I like to sail more than stay in a marina any day, but not during hurricane season, and he says that some people sail their boats during the season because it's so great. Ruh Roh...HE SAID, SHE SAID...The weather barreling across the Atlantic from Africa is making me nervous as a seal in shark infested waters. We have no place to put the boat, we've checked...so I say go back to Grenada and fly home to deal with our 'flood'. Dudley says I'm reacting out of fear...and he's right...why tempt fate! We should've begun our journey north in December, not June with the Hurricane season upon us.
What WILL we do?
Dudley and Bec
06/11/2010, SW Peninsula, Bequia
The four of us decided yesterday to make the journey and see how close to shore we could get. Carol and John took us in their luxuriously large inflatable on an excursion of wonder! It was quite invigorating in open water, way out to the end of the peninsula, a few miles for sure... where we found "Moonhole". Yeiks...pretty precarious, not happening...climbing ashore that is with the surge and those rocky cliffs.
A little FYI: Tom and Gladys Johnson built a windowless, magical, Swiss Family Robinson kind of world on a narrow tract of land on the south end of Bequia that can only be reached by boat or by a looooong hike! Wish we could've taken the tour or better yet become a guest at one of their homes...no walls, barely a roof as we know it, spaces merging into each other, and did I mention "Moonholes"? Quite possibly the most creative, simplistic, at one with nature (eat your heart out Frank Lloyd Wright, nature observatory ever to be dreamed up. Every place comes with a cook and a maid...ooooolaaaalaaa...just too hard to handle.
The Windward Guide emphasize caution when approaching by dingy so we listened...sadly. Very interesting, most absolutely piqued our interest...just can't do everything and will just have to put THIS one on our list of places to 'rent'! Hmmm, a honeymoon perhaps?