A beautiful view down Grenada's coast.
The day after we got back to Grenada we went on a “Cutty tour”. Anyone visiting Grenada should do the same. Our guide’s name is Cutty and he loves his country! We spent 8 hrs with him showing us all around the island. You may wonder how, after being here for 2 months there is anything left to see, but Grenada’s natural resources are so vast that it takes an experienced eye to point out all the variety. we picked passion fruit,
papaya, cocoa plant, and fresh sweet banana,
Finding red berries for jewelry making.We loved our private tour of the Grenada Chocolate Company and, of course, the free samplings at the end :)
They were ingenious in the design of the factory, minimizing the labor needed to move the product. After learning all about the process of traditionally making Rum, we got to sample some of their product. Since we all did the tour it seemed right to have everyone sample the goodness.
The entire day was an amazing lesson in the beauty and diversity of Grenada, the perfect way to say goodbye.
Pulling away from La Phare Bleu Marina was bittersweet. We were excited to get back on the water and moving again but it was hard to say goodbye to all the staff who had become like family.
The sculpture garden is a seemingly random selection of statues that have been placed on the ocean floor to help promote coral growth and support the natural reef in the area.
Boat life: Paige reading as the sun sets, Sky prepping seeds and beads as the sunrises.
It was cool to pull back into Tyrell Bay, Carriacou again; our first time to return to a port we have previously visited. The familiarity was comforting. We had a few repairs we needed to tend to before heading west so we were scheduled to be hauled out overnight while in Carriacou.
After checking out of Grenada and its Grenadines, we sailed into St Vincent & the Grenadines and flew our “Q” flag. One night in Union Island, a quick snorkel in the Tabago Cays, dinner with our friends aboard Grateful in Bequia, before an amazing sail up the East coast of St Vincent.
We spent the day outrunning storms.
Sunshine on the left, dark storms on the right. That's how quickly your day can change!It was beautiful until we had thunder and lightning, which is my favorite thing in the world but Andrew says is no good on a boat :) We were very thankful for our new dodger Andrew sewed while in Grenada. It kept us realitively dry in the cockpit when the skies opened up.
We finally rounded the southern tip of St Lucia as the sun set and were treated to the most spectacular bioluminescence we’ve ever seen! We were safely on the ball between the Pitons enjoying dinner when the strongest gust front we have ever experienced blew in from behind the mountains, luckily it was short lived.
Beautiful rainbow as we left the Pitons.We were so happy to find ourselves back at Marigot Bay and Capella Marina. And even more overjoyed to meet back up with some La Phare Bleu friends aboard Corpse Pounder and Nightingale Tune.
Our favorite little Corpse Pounder!The girls and I relaxed by the pool
Things learned aboard this week:
We were pleasantly surprised by falling comfortably back into life aboard. I was being very honest last time when I mentioned the apprehension at being back. We had such a great visit home and life aboard is not always easy but we found our groove fairly easily. Go Team Abby Singer!
I’m saving the story of our crossing for the next blog but I can tell you it had each of us in tears at different points in the very difficult journey so be sure to catch the next leg of our adventure - Bonaire.