Christmas in the Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays We headed over to the Tobago Cays to spend Christmas. We had planned on going to Petit St Vincent and visit Mopion. Richard wants to have a bottle of beer there. But when we got up the weather looked gloomy so it was off to the Cays instead. We wanted to make sure we had a few good snorkels before the waves affected the visiblity.
Beers in Tobago Cays We were lucky to get a mooring ball away from the turtle area. The water had amazing colour and we saw lots of fish, turtles, lobsters and even a nurse shark. And we had our Mopion beers on Snowaway…
Tobago Cays swimmimgChristmas tree decoratingErica and I were able to swim/snorkel from the boat to Jamesby Island. It seemed to have a beautiful long beach but once we got there it only took us 5 minutes to walk from end to end twice!
And it was Christmas eve so we decorated the tree and had a nice rum with the boat mascots, Douglas and Rusty.
Xmas drinks, Tobago CaysOn Christmas the winds started to pick up so Erica and I went over to Arctic Vixen for cocktails leaving Richard to watch the boat. When we returned Richard had dinner ready: turkey burgers with cranberry cookies and chocolate for dessert.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Union Island

Erica sailing to Union Island We decided to do a long sail up the windward side of Grenada to Union Island. With Christmas coming up we were concerned about getting checked into St Vicent and the Grenadines. We started out at first light in a rain shower and for the first 2 hours we got pretty wet. But once we headed north we got good winds and were able to sail most of the way to Chatham Bay. Erica found that Snowaway sailed a bit differently than Sol Mate but she soon got the hang of it.
Snowaway, Union Island Once we got anchored several locals came to try to get us to go into their restaurants on the beach for dinner. Jerry selling lobsters, Union IslandI remembered the biting insects from last fall so we got Jerry to cook the lobster and deliver it to our boat. A much more civilized way to have lobster!

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

Grenada BeachI have not done a post for a few weeks. We have been busy getting Snowaway ready to sail to Grenada so not much new to post. We did spend a night at Asa Wright to celebrate our birthdays so I will post some pictures of that over the next few days.
We had a very rough crossing from Trinidad to Grenada. We encountered a storm that was not predicted and it was a wet sail!
We are now anchored at Prickly Bay on the south side of Grenada. Karen’s cousin Erica arrives on Sunday to spend 2 weeks with us sailing through the Grenedines to St Lucia.
Prickly Bay, Grenada

The traveling adventures of Karen and Richard