We have been island hopping as of late with good friends, Dave & Alex on s/v Banyan. Alex is a brilliant writer – smart, humorous, witty and always adding research that enhances our outings. She captures our adventures with such style – you too will feel you were there with us. Her fabulous blog can be found at Sail Blogs Banyan
Last we updated we were having a rain day in Portsmouth, Dominica. This was followed by a motor down to Roseau where we spent time exploring, hiking, hot springing and having lots of fun with Dave and Alex. Glen’s birthday was celebrated by an all-day outing with SeaCat to Victoria and Sari Sari Falls. An exhilarating but exhausting day…it was all I could do to keep upright to cook his birthday dinner.
So in photos, it looked like this:
Day One A wander around Roseau included the botanical gardens, Jack’s walk (some climbing required), followed by the lovely refreshing and relaxing Trafalgar Falls. A short stroll took us on to Wotten Waven and the ultimate experience at Screw’s Sulphur Spa.
Day Two: No visit to Roseau is complete without an outing with SeaCat . We stop at the “garden of Eden” to pick and sample many delights. This is followed by the requisite “Moonshine stop” in Petite Savane – notice the various reactions to the samplings. And now the hike to Victoria Falls which requires crossing, fording, wading, scrambling the river seven times..but totally worth it to experience the thrill and rush of the pounding, cool water. We certainly earned our Ital lunch with Moses. And after lunch a shorter, but much steeper, scramble up and down to Sari Sari Falls for another equally refreshing dip.
Day Three: Some R&R with boat chores followed by a nerve racking bus ride for “Safety Dave” to Soufriere and Bubble Beach where we also sample some of Dale’s famous mixes…. Had to buy a “TO GO” bottle of his passion fruit punch! A day late we celebrate Glen’s birthday with cake and Wizard where Dave regains his “Crown” in the last hand with an impressive 9 tricks!
Roseau’s reputation of a rolly anchorage held true, so after 4 days we were eager to continue on. We had a great sail to Martinique with the usual dolphin spotting. A night in the capital, Fort de Franc followed by another rolly night in Grand Anse d’Arlet saw us make a hasty exit for the calm waters of Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Apparently this is the time of year for jellyfish spawning, blooming or some such phenomenon which has definitely put a huge damper on swimming and snorkelling. Of course, Glen remains unaffected (our theory is they can’t get past all the hair!) but I seem to barely dip and come out with very, very itchy bits that last for 10 days – ugh! Two nights and 3 long days in the Marina saw Amoray get a much needed spa treatment. Washed, waxed, cleaned and sorted we were glad to head back to the bay for the welcome breeze blowing through our cabin. Looks like the winds and waves calm a little by Sunday so next stop is another of our most favorite islands; Bequia here we come!