Rain Forest Walks and Forward Plans
30 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
Sorry for the gap in blogging. We have been adjusting to the new world of just having two of us on Barracuda and having more space than we know what to do with. We have spent the last two days re-arranging the boat as we do when there is only two of us on board, and also catching up on various minor maintenance jobs.
It has been fun hanging around Rodney Bay again but it has a different feel with most of the ARC folks away. Quite chilled. That said, some of our friends are going on to do World ARC so they are still here, and others are just still here having had family or friends out for Christmas. So we feel like we are still amongst many people that we know.
We have now made our general plans for "what next". We are going to head north through the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and then up to the Bahamas. Thereafter, once the weather is OK, we will probably push on north to the US East Coast where we think we will leave the boat for a while over the summer, and head home for a while. By our standards that is enough of a plan.
Today we wanted to have a bit more time out and about on St Lucia, so we took a trip down to the SE for a walk in the rain forest. Our very knowledgeable young guide, Alex, talked us through the plants and trees that exist in the area, which is an old plantation. It is so lush and fertile. We also managed a swim under a waterfall. The trip down gave us an opportunity to see more of the island and meet more of the local people. Glad we did that.
Tomorrow we will head for Martinique where we plan to spend New Year's Eve quietly at anchor, and then start to enjoy the fine offerings that exist on Martinique - which is part of France. We have been told to hold any significant provisioning until we get there. Yum...