|42 - Grenada, 41 - Carriacou, 37 - Bequia, 38 - Mayreau|
39 - Tobago Cays, 40 - Union Island, 41 - Carriacou
42 - Grenada
|This is a small portion of the road we|
climbed on our way to the Little Dipper.
The rest is around the bend.
|A beautiful view and you are looking at half of|
this tiny restaurant.
|Joan -- the owner, chef and waitress.|
|Below this water lives Kick Em Jenny. Carriacou|
is in the background.
Between Grenada and Carriacou is, what appears to be, an unremarkable body of water. However, our charts show a 1.5 kilometer wide exclusion zone near the northern end of Grenada. This is the underwater home of Kick Em Jenny, an active underwater volcano. If a boat is in that cautionary circle and the volcano erupts, it will loose it's buoyancy and sink. Enough said -- we avoided the zone.
|Relaxing at the Slipway as we anticipate dinner.|
Our trip to Carriacou had been 48 miles of turbulent water. And, of course, we did NOT have following seas. We arrived in time to drop the dingy in Tyrrel Bay and tour the area. Normally, we prefer to eat lunch in restaurants and be back to the boat before dark. I guess we will never be confused with the wild party crowd. We did break our rule that night to go to the Slipway Restaurant. All four of us ordered the lobster tail dinner. It was fabulous!!! The next day we faced another 48 miles to Bequia, so we called it an early night.
|A paved path along the bay. |
Walking to the Gingerbread House.
|A view of the bay from lunch.|
|L'Auberge Des Grenadines was used in a segment|
with Anthony Bourdain. I had a fabulous sandwich:
bacon, lobster and tomato! No pride -- I was licking
my fingers to get every morsel. Another beautiful
view of the bay from our table.
|A gorgeous sunset for our last night in Bequia.|
|We awoke Saturday to find a cruise ship in the|
bay. While I am happy for the entrepreneurs of
Bequia, I am sad to think that this perfect little
island could change due to too much exposure.
Did I say "GRAY DAY"!
Trying to make the most of a quiet day, we flagged Da Rock for a taxi ride back to L'Auberge Des Grenadines for lunch. Da Rock is quite the character. He cruises the bay shirtless flexing his muscles while he waits for business. His real name is Shelton Morgan but Da Rock just seems more appropriate. Gail and I had a good time flexing our muscles and acting like silly school girls while we waited for our ride.
|Guess who? I should also add -- he is a|
very nice person. We had an interesting
conversation with him about island life
and how you must be careful not to marry
|Our taxi picking us up after lunch.|
|The blue sky broke through offering us a beautiful|
day. Saline Bay -- so much prettier in person. A
perfect palm lined beach with clear blue water.
With the batteries behaving much better, we left Bequia on Sunday morning. It was a rough ride to Mayreau (6 - 8 foot waves with a few 10 footers). Saline Bay gave us good protection from the wind and swells. It poured rain for the most of the night insuring that the boat was once again salt free. Everyone participated in preparing a delicious dinner: pork tenderloin grilled with a lingonberry sauce and roasted vegetables. Monday, turned out to be a day trip to Tobago Cays. We thought we would spend the night, but it was too rolly. Instead we came back to Mayreau after a beautiful afternoon swimming and exploring the area in our dingy.
|The water felt like a bathtub. It was heavenly!|
|Tobago Cays -- on the other side of the reef a small|
island, a lot of ocean and then Africa...nothing else.
|Downtown Clifton on Union Island.|
|The Barracuda Restaurant was recently opened by|
a couple from Italy that decided life was getting a
bit boring. Not any more! Our lunch was very good.
Another day trip took us to Union Island. We thought we might stay there, but once again it was too rolly to be comfortable. After walking around town, buying vegetables and having lunch we made a quick exit to Carriacou. It was only 14 miles. One of the great things about retracing our steps is we get to enjoy some of our favorite restaurants for a second time. The Slipway in Tyrell Bay is on that elite list!
|Happy Island is built on a reef out of discarded conch|
shells. Janti created it by hand and solved two
problems: disposal of conch shells on the local
beach and a location for his bar/restaurant.
Gotta smile -- we're loviin the ride!
Our side trip to Bequia was completed as we arrived back at the Port Louis Marina in Grenada. Friday will be a busy day as we prepare for our departure to Tobago. The weather will be checked and rechecked, diesel will be delivered in the morning and then it is off to the grocery, bakery and marine store for final provisioning. If the weather still looks good, we will leave for Tobago a half hour before dawn on Saturday morning. It sure would be nice to have following seas for our 75 mile trip!