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Leah’s visit – last days in Grenada

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada We had a lovely walk along Grand Anse Beach. It is 2.5 miles long and Richard and I taught Leah our tradition of walking the entire length of the beach, touching the rocks at each end. Grand Anse Beach, GrenadaWe stopped at the west end of the beach for a drink and to watch the finish of the sailboat races that had been going on during the weekend.
Leah’s last day on the island was a tour of the north end of the island. We started at the nutmeg processing plant in Gouyave, the same place that we had gone for the fish fry on Friday night. Then it was off to Sauteurs on the north end of the island for lunch and a visit to the Carib Leap site. Sauteurs means “leapers” in French and in 1651 the French forces tried to capture the native Carib Indians but they leapt to their death rather than surrendering into slavery.
Seven Sisters, Grenada We had a quick stop at Belmont Estates where they process cocoa into the world’s best chocolate. Leah stocked up gifts for friends back home. We had a stop at the River Antoine Rum Distillery which still uses a water wheel to crush the sugar cane. Then it was off to the highlight of the day, a hike to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. We just went to the first 2 which were pretty special. Leah only had sandals with her and she was hiking in bare feet; thanks Leah for being willing to do that! The dip in the pool was worth the hike!
Leah has now returned to Calgary and the boat seems quiet without her. She was great company, willing crew and never complained about anything. We loved having her. There are more pictures of her visit in the gallery section.
We are now in Port Louis Marina in St George’s waiting for a weather window to head west. We are meeting with 4 other boats tomorrow that have similar plans. I expect we will be heading out mid week. We probably will not have access to internet once we leave Grenada until we get to Bonaire, in about 3 weeks, late Feb or early March.
Port Louis Marina, Grenada

Leah’s visit – Sailing North

Leah sailing, Grenada Snowaway sailing north, GrenadaWe thought we had a good weather window for heading north for a week. So we sailed to Carriacou, an island which is part of Grenada but close to the Grenadines. We spent 2 nights in Tyrrel Bay, our first visit there in the 3 seasons we have spent in the Caribbean. It was much quieter than we expected but very beautiful. It was the first opportunity Leah had to see a sunset over the water.
Carricou, Grenada We walked to Hillsboro, the main town on the island for lunch. Along the way were great views of this beautiful island and its outer islands.
We checked out of Grenada and sailed across to Union Island, the first check-in point for St Vincent and the Grenadines. We anchored off Frigate Island while Richard and Leah went to check-in.
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau The next day we sailed up to Mayreau and anchored in Saline Bay. The winds had picked up a bit and we thought this was a good place for a few nights. We have never seen more than 6 boats in this bay. Both nights we were there were about 28 boats in the bay! We walked over to Salt Whistle Bay, a favorite anchorage of many cruisers and charters. We have never stopped here because it is too crowded but we can see the appeal of this bay…
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau

Grenada tour

Constantine Waterfall, Grenada We hired a taxi driver for the day to show Erica and our fellow cruisers Penny and Ron from Arctic Vixen a few of the sights of Grenada. It is Penny’s birthday today so we wanted to make sure she had a good time.
The rainy season is just coming to an end so the country is lush and green. Our first stop was at the Constantine waterfall just off the side of the road. With all the rain, the roads are often in poor repair but the Chinese government had recently rebuilt the bridge near these falls making our stop easier.
Annandale waterfall, GrenadaThen it was off to the Annandale waterfalls. We had visited these last year but we were the first group to arrive and the cliff divers were not yet set up. So we had a lovely walk through the gardens.
View to the Atlantic, GrenadaWe hoped to walk around the lake at the Grand Etang National Park. It is in a volcanic crater and we heard it would only take a half hour. Once we got there, the rains had made it too muddy and slippery to attempt. So we walked along the ridge above the lake. The views from there were lovely.
Nutmeg workers, Grenada Next was a visit to the nutmeg processing station. Before Hurricane Ivan 140 people worked at this station; we only saw 2 women sorting the nutmegs by hand.
Our final stop of the day was at La Sagesse Nature Centre for a walk along a beautiful beach.
We are now back in Prickly Bay in time to check out of Grenada and prepare for our sail to Union Island in the Grenadines.
Arctic Vixen, Grenada

Erica Arrives, finally…

Erica buying spices, Grenada My cousin Erica was due to fly into Grenada last night arriving at 6:30. Richard and I arranged to have a taxi take us to the airport and wait for us while we picked up Erica. By 7pm the security told us that everyone on the plane had come through customs. So off we went to the Liat desk to find out what happened to Erica. She had been moved to a flight that was now due to arrive at 9:30 pm. We had the taxi take us back tot he marina where we had dinner and then back to the airport for 9:30. It was about 10:30 when Erica finally appeared at the exit. It took her 7.5 hours to fly for 0.5 hours! A nice welcome to Caribbean time!
St George, Grenada For her first day in Grenada we spent the day in St George, shopping and enjoying the views.

Grenada

Grand Anse, GrenadaWe have spent the last week in Grenada getting to know the country a little better. We took the bus one day from the small town of Woburn (we were anchored just off the town in Clarke’s Court Bay) into St George’s and then onto Grand Anse. Grand Anse is supposed to be the nicest beach on Grenada. It is very pretty, a few miles long and white sand. Many of the beaches here have black sand due to the volcanic origin of the island. We had a delicious lunch of grilled mahi-mahi with mango salsa at Jenny’s Restaurant. Of course that was not what we ordered but as it took an hour to arrive we ate it. The restaurant had a great setting at the end of the beach.
Karen with some locals We took a day tour of the island with Cutty. Our first stop was at a private garden where Cutty showed us some of the local fruits, spices and herbs. Then we stopped at the Annandale Falls where we were greated by some local women with baskets of fruit and flowers on their heads. It costs a US dollar to have ones picture taken with them but it was worth it!
Annandale Falls, Grenada The falls were impressive considering there has been a drought here for the last 3 months. The water was cool but the locals like to put on a show for the tourists by jumping into the pool. Ricky was our favorite jumper…
Cutty and MonkeyAfter the falls we drove into the Grand Etang National Park. Cutty had brought some bananas for the residents and they were quite determined to get them!
Cocoa Beans, GrenadaWe stopped to have a tour of the cocoa processing plant. Here is where the cocoa pods are put in sweat boxes, covered with banana leaves and fermented for eight days. Once the beans are ripened they are moved to drying trays out in the sun. Here the staff walk through them twice a day to move them around to help with even drying. If it starts to rain, the trays can be pushed into the buildings. Once fully dried they are put into sacks for export. Some is made into chololate bars by The Grenada Chocolate Company. Unfortunately, the Chocolate Company no longer gives tours…
Patty at River AntoineThen we were off to River Antoine Rum Distillery. We had lunch there before Patty gave us a tour of the distillery. We were too late to see them crushing the sugar cane, they had been doing it in the morning, but we did see the rest of the process. River Antoine has been making rum since 1785 and only makes an overproof white rum with a minimum 75% alcohol content. It makes a great rum punch!
Nutmeg, Grenada As if that was not a full enough day we then toured the nutmeg processing facility in Grenville. Martin, our guide , was very informative. Grenada had been the second largest producer of nutmeg prior to Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. In those years they produced 6 million pounds of nutmeg per year; now they only produce 600,000 pounds. Nutmeg is covered by mace that needs to be removed prior to drying. The mace takes 3 months to dry, the nutmeg takes 2 months. The nutmeg is placed in trays 3 inches deep and stirred twice a day to help dry and prevent mildew. Once the nutmeg is dried it is placed in water to determine the quality of the nut. The ones that float have less oil and are of lower quality. The nuts are then redried for about 4 days. The high quality nuts are exported as is. The lower quality nuts are sorted again for “looks”, any discoloured ones become quality 3 and are used to make nutmeg oil. The quality 2 nuts are sold but do not command as high a price.
Fish fry, GouyaveSV TootLast night Cutty took several boaters to the Gouyave Friday Night Fish Fry. This is a small town on the western coast of Grenada that is the fishing capital of Grenada. Many locals fry up fish, shrimp, lobster, plantains, breadfruit, etc and sell them at stalls along several streets. A steel drum band entertains as one wanders from stall to stall tasting. Of course there is also beer and rum to try. We had a great meal enjoying the company of our new boating friends, Marlene and Michael from SV Toot.
We are now preparing to sail to Trinidad for our scheduled haul out on April 19th.