More on why I like Grenada
25 October 2012 | Mt Hartman Bay, Grenada
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege and fun of setting a trail for a Hash. My Hash name is "Two Sh*ts", so I asked a student with the Hash name of "Oh Sh*t" to work with me. Nick is a really nice guy, and his wife is Cayley is terrific, too. We spent many hours in the bush looking for trails, but it was a very successful Hash.
During the time of setting the Hash, I had the opportunity to meet many people, get re-acquainted with some others, and tromp around through the bush. Those things really do rank pretty high on the things I like to do. As much as I am having some difficulty with one person here in Grenada, I have met so many other wonderful people that it really is just a sidebar to our Grenada experience. One day while trying to find a connecting trail, a young farmer went out of his way to lead me through some trails. he even used my machete to cut the trail, insisting that it was nothing for him to do it. Actually, it was safer that he carry the machete as it is not something I am used to doing, and he handled it like the pro that he is. The beauty of it is that Flyndon is not an anomaly for Grenada, but a typical guy. I have come across the open, friendly and helpful attitude more times than I can name, and only rarely have I come across a situation that I would term less than friendly.
If anyone caught Kirani James' performance during the Olympics, you may have seen what a class act that he really is. He is a great ambassador for Grenada, and not just because he is a nice person, but because he is a true reflection of what you may see. Yes, not everyone in Grenada is completely open and wonderful, but the majority are, if you show them respect and start your conversation with "Good day, how are you?" That's just good manners here, (and should be everywhere).
Grenada herself is a really neat place. If you like to hike, you can pretty much start anywhere, find a trail and start walking. Granted, you may not be sure of where you will wind up, but someone will point you in the right direction! There are trails that are maintained by the Department of Forestry, or you can go off on what I refer to as the "commuter trails". These trails are the paths that run everywhere and are used as local shortcuts or for farmers to get to their crops, or to take care of their animals (watch out for the animal deposits!). You may end up cutting alongside crops, through pastures with grazing animals, or even through someone's yard - which is not a problem, just remember to say good day. It really can be a case of the journey being as much fun as the destination, especially if you stop at a small rum shop and chat with some of the locals (your choice of beverage).
This weekend we are going for a little hike to the upper falls at Annandale. Fletch, my favourite trail guide, swears it is not a difficult hike, but that remains to be seen.... he said our 8 hour hike to Fedon's Camp would only be 4 hours!! We are inviting other cruisers to join us, as the more the merrier. Friends will be cooking up an oildown for us (Grenada's National dish, and they do it well), so it will be a nice afternoon out. And we will have a chance to clean up afterwards with a swim in some fresh waterfalls as well.