It’s amazing how time gets away from you when sailing – here’s a blog about Grenada – which we left nearly a month ago!! So, not the most up to date report, but here you go…
Our aim this year was to get ourselves down to Grenada rather earlier than last year – when we felt that everyone around us was packing up their boats and heading home for the summer. We didn’t want to feel like we were in that transient mood… Turns out, whenever you’re in Grenada someone is having their boat hauled out so that they can head home!
We initially arrived in Prickly Bay where we were happy for 3 or 4 days – our part of the anchorage was nice and smooth while we got to watch others rocking and rolling all day long. Then all of a sudden we start rolling with them. We decided that there must be somewhere better so we moved a couple of bays east to Clarkes Court Bay – where there was a lovely collection of OCC boats – and the water was flat(ish)!
We did 3 HASH’s while we were in Grenada – always fun – and we took some lovely walks. We attempted a bit of a bushwacking walk – which turned out to be impossible – we initially walked past the trailhead but then found it – completely overgrown. Not a chance.
I spied out a potential alternative route and it started out in a village – where we asked directions and they promptly had their 5 year old son guide us up to the ‘Pipeline’. An excellent guide, he took us right to the pipeline which we followed for a very enjoyable walk. We took a slight diversion close to the end on a meandering trail – which we were thinking would end up at Marijuana farm – no such luck!
Our best walk on Grenada started off as a repeat of last year’s hike from the Grand Etang up to Mount Qua Qua – but just before the summit there’s a trail that takes you to Fontainebleu and Concorde Waterfalls. The trail down is very overgrown and challenging, but we managed and ended up for a swim in Fountainbleu – once the nubile beauties had vacated the place.
We enjoyed a guided tour with renowned tour guide ‘Cutty’ who took us along all the narrow roads all the way up to the old rum distillery, while he described the flora and fauna of the island – very interesting. We ended back at the Grand Etang where he tried to coach some monkeys down for us, but they were playing coy today…
We left Grenada on March 30th and headed towards Antigua where Laurie was to take a flight back home. We stopped along the way in Tyrell Bay, Carriacou where I dived on the boat to clean off the bottom – which was in horrible shape. We next stopped in Le Marin, Martinique after an easy overnight sail and we ended up staying in Martinique for nearly a week.