We SQUEEZED in a hike to Friendship Bay!
06 March 2011 | Port Elizabeth to West Cay...Bequia!
All I have to say is "I did not try to wear my man out!" We hiked for 5 hours...over to Friendship Bay and to the Whaling Capital of the West Indies. We met a local fisherman, "Duncan"; another multi-generational historian; Audie Bandana, pictured here, at his"Cultural Park" created wholely by his hand; the Church we were drawn to and sat in for a service and gave a donation; the Whaling Lodge (which turned out to be a private home, says Dudley) and the Whaling Museum, narrated by a real live whaler, Mr. Austin. What a spectacular day! Thanks Universe, thanks honey for taking such an ambitious hike with me! The guidebook says "Local buses can be useful for getting around the island, especially if you are going down to La Pompe or Paget Farm, both of which can seem like a never-ending walk. Just watch for one and stick out your arm". When I read this for Dudley, he had that wide eyed deer in the headlights look..."right?" We did get a bus back to Port Elizabeth, where our dingy was tied...not a bit too soon I might add.
We make it back, just in time to get our laundry, which was delivered to another Altair with Susan and Paul on board. These were not our friends from the Bahamas, three years ago, Jill and Mike, from the UK. Life could not be better in Altair's waterworld!
We will leave sometime around 5-6p tomorrow! It's a 12 hour passage, so we will take heed of the weather sites. We are looking at taking advantage of the easterly winds and waves...passing St. Vincent on her windward coast... then... around midnight, when the winds are predicted to go NE, have a beam reach to View Fort, the southern tip of St. Lucia!
More tomorrow when we know more!