We returned alive and very muddy after our second hiking adventure on the island. (The first was a short(er) and much drier jaunt from Mount Etang to Concrode Falls. It was lovely to end at the falls to cool and wash off. ) Yesterday’s adventure came after a few rainy days and was a higher climb up to Fedon Camp. Fedon, Grenada’s rebel hero, led a revolt against the British in 1795. Located at about 2600’ it was an adventurous climb up and down, in and through the mud. We were on the trail by 8:10am with Gaston, “Daddy Fletch“ to his scouting community, and with a few brief stops came out of the hills about 3:20pm. We attempted to rinse off some of the mud in a small spring and then for our cool down we wandered down the country road for another 40 minutes to intersect with our transportation. Needless to say the beer stop on the way home was greatly anticipated.
I have just spent the morning scrubbing and cleaning clothes and shoes. We even made an additional laundry stop for the week to throw in all the clothes, hats and knapsack . Happy to report that, other than my T-shirt, most have come out with little permanent damage – I really need to do a soap commercial because between hikes and weekly hashes we are certainly putting our limited wardrobe to the test.
With time now to reflect on the hike it certainly reinforced Grenada’s tag line – the Isle of Spice. Gaston share much knowledge on the flora and fauna of the area. Within the first hour he had pointed out trees producing nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon and many, I can’t remember the name of, whose leaves are used to brew numerous medicinal teas. We all had a good laugh at the “Christmas Tree Farm with its carefully pruned Cypress trees tucked into the hillside. It was great to have a guide to highlight much of the history – not to mention keep us on the, at times, well hidden trail and of course get us all to the top. We arrived at Fedon’s lookout in the mist – what would have been a stunning lookout all-round was eerily shrouded in the mist of the rainforest clouds. It was also here for the first time since leaving Canada that I had goosebumps and felt cold! With soaking wet attire and the wind blowing it was a chilly stop to briefly savor the accomplishment of arriving but we were quickly on our way down to the shelter of the trees and mud.
I had a great laugh today as many of the gang posted photos and updates to facebook and blog pages – and with the tired and muddy feet picture a girlfriend (and organizer of these infamous outing)…. replied “yes, but are you up for the St. David’s to Etang hike Gaston mentioned yesterday?” Go figure – at the end of the day – we call it FUN Grenadian style!
A little History as told by the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association
In 1795, however, British control was seriously challenged once again, this time by Julian Fedon, a black planter inspired by the French Revolution. Under Fedon’s leadership, the island’s slaves rose up in a violent rebellion, effectively taking control of Grenada. Although the rebellion was crushed by the British, tensions remained high until slavery was abolished in 1834. The site of Fedon’s Camp, high up in Grenada’s beautiful central mountains, is today a popular destination for hikers.
A Photo Gallery of the Day