OK, I get it. The weather has not been our friend. Me, a person who never thinks about the weather here again talking about it. I know its part of the package out here sailing but this is a tough one. We stopped here in the Cape Verde islands to break up the long passage back and to see what these islands are about. From the days when I thought every island group in the world was like the Hawaiian islands to the last month of my life island hopping, I have learned a few things. NO TWO ARE ALIKE! So what are the Verdes like. We planned to spend one week finding out as much as possible. Wrong, weather is dictating that we leave Tuesday. Starting out with the days it wouldnt stop raining and needing a day now to prepare its turning out Sunday was our day to learn what we could, glad it didnt rain today so we could do that.
Not sure what all the ruckus was about but we thought we should head towards it and find out what we were missing. What we were missing was a street parade of the Mandinjas. A group of Africans that were part of the Carnival we missed. Much history to tell about it but no time right now.
Continuing our walk past the housing to the top we saw a magnificent sight on the other side. We have been told by several locals when asked what to see here, that there is nothing so we should take the ferry to the nearby island. IT is beautiful they say. I told them maybe there is beauty on your island you don't see because it is normal to you. Maybe some of us dont see canyons and dessert and sand dunes everyday. Maybe some of us think even being on an island is awesome! Yes some of us thought the sight from the top was special. Dry canyon land spread out in front of us, totally untouched. No little villages tucked in, no electric lines passing through. We soon discovered it was free terrain for the kids. They rode past us on bikes of all sizes, skilled at going down the dirt paths at warp speed, who needs a dirt bike. Some would take the long walk back up and do it all over again. The whole mountain theirs for the taking. Some continued on to the beach and hung out there for awhile.