On and Off the Grid
31 January 2010 | Back in Bequia
When we last reported in we were in Saltwhistle Bay. The roll in there was so bad we could not wait to get ou of there. We sailed over to Chatham Bay on Union Island. Now, there is paradise. Large protected bay, teaming with wildlife. Quiet, smooth water, white sandy beach even though the wind wind howls down through the mountain. Beckie found plenty of kyaking and snorkeling there. We decided to spend two days there before heading back to Bequia for the last day of the music festival.
There was enough sun and wind there for me to power up the boat forever. Although with no wifi I didn't have to power up the computer.
There is no electric on that side of the island so all the little beach bars - shacks really - use generators to power the few lights they have. There are about 6 or so boat boys (not boys at all) who try and convince you to eat at their little place. Names like Onion, Shark Attack, Ballhead.....They are squatters on the beach who put up these places to try and eek out a living. The government turns a blind eye so long as they dont get too big.
The place we dinner on Friday night was exactly like that. Jerry, the owner had told me, he hopes that next year he can afford to purchase another battery so that he can expand his sound system and maybe add a little cooler to keep some vegetables in. Now that is off the grid
So we're back in Bequia for the evening to re- provision. We will probably head back down island to Petite Martinique and Carriacou (Look that one up) and work our way back up during the week.
So we will be back off the grid again.
alan & beckie