Day Two In St Lucia
01 March 2010 | Rodney Bay
I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record constantly praising these islands, or some hiped up marketing guy for the Caribbean Islands but let me tell you folks last night was special. Cocktails on Lucky Bird; behind us anchored was the five masted sailing vessel the Royal Clipper; then all of a sudden the crew started unfurling her sails, I mean there are a ton of sails on this ship and one by one they opened up right before our eyes. What a marvelous experience to be able to see a ship as majestic as a five master setting sail right before you. Alice and I sat mesmerized for a half hour as she slowly pulled away from the harbor. The ship was inspired by the Tall Ship, Preussen, she is the largest and only five masted ship built in the last century. With 42 sails, let me tell you it was awesome to watch. In days of old, crew would have to go up the mastes to the yards and unfurl each sail, now this ship is all automated, each sail unfurled with a rhythum, with a pace that was fun to watch. Finally, after at least one more round of rhum drinks for me and my gal, all sails were set and as the sun set they turned on their lights; believe me there were lights on every yard arm and she was incredibly beautiful. I know the people on board felt so,for I could see their flash bulbs going off everywhere as the ship prepared for sea.
So enough of last night and thank you very much for the show. Today was an exploration day ashore and a day to conquer the "mountain" of Pigeon Island.
This place has everything even filters for our watermaker, painters tape, WD-40, you know all the staples. Lunch with some killer burgers, visting with some Caribbean 1500 sailors and there were no more excuses, it was time to climb!!
Pigeon Island is no longer an island. Some industious people with time on their hands filled in the gap and guess what?? Somehow Sandals resorts has landed on the causeway big time. But we aren't interested in Sandals, we are conquerers!! First the French, then the British, the French, then the British. Fourteen times these countries traded ownership and now it was our turn.
Bob and Alice, representing the United States are climbing the mountain to claim it for the USA, hurray!! Ough gee, we can't do that and we are just two more tourists, allbeit older tourists, that have hiked to the top. It was fun, we did it and now as we sit here savoring our very special rhum we are proud and pleased.
This was very special and as I've said before we feel blessed to be able to experience this and share it with you.