Diesel Delivery To Your Boat

Okay, this has to be one of the coolest things. You can order diesel directly to your boat. The guy comes and rafts up next to you and then he can pump diesel or water on board. They will also pick up laundry, give you ice…. who knows they might make the beds if we asked. All kidding aside, they’re a family business that is big on customer service. A definite hit. Even their prices weren’t too bad and they filter their diesel so you know you’re getting diesel without the water, dirt, etc.

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Diesel in the white containers and water in the black.

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And, fortunately, the moment that we finished and closed everything up… the torrential downpour happened.

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It’s amazing how intense it can get. The fellow’s comment when he saw the rain coming was…. It’s not good. It’s a white rain. …. meaning that when we were watching it approach us, it wasn’t dark as some storm clouds can be. It was more a white colour because it was so completely solid with water.

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As with all things, it does pass.

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The Tour Continues – Bequia Turtle Sanctuary

The highlight of the tour in many ways was the Turtle Sanctuary. Run by Brother King (his island name), the turtle sanctuary was started when he realized that instead of catching the turtles, he should be protecting the turtles. So, with his own money and time, he’s spent the last many years rescuing turtle hatchlings that are potentially at risk and raises the turtles until they can be released into the wild.

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Looking for attention…

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He’s found it now. The turtles like to have their backs scratched…. gently of course.

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Here are good examples of the 2 turtles that he raises. The Hawksbill turtle on the left and the Green turtle on the right. The hawksbill has a pointy nose and eats crustaceans and the like, and the green turtle has a round mouth (like a cow) and eats sea grass (like a cow).

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The Tour of Bequia

While hanging out in Admiralty Bay, we decided to go on a tour. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to no one.

It was a great tour with again a great guide. His name is Guno and he and his wife operate a taxi/tour service.

He took us around the island and showed us the sites including a special destination. More on that in the next post.

Bequia is a pretty island that was very green when we visited. The last picture is of the whaling centre. The boat Perserverance that you see is used for whale hunting. They are allowed to hunt 4 whales a year. The boat is much smaller than the whales they hunt. Very interesting to hear about this part of the island’s heritage.

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Necessity Breeds Invention… or Engineering

When it’s too wet to be out of the boat, sometimes the kids find very interesting things to do. In this case, Ethan’s newish watch stopped working (another disappointing watch buy). So, (likely taking after his Dad) he decided he wanted to take it apart to discover how it worked, and maybe reconstruct it in a more interesting way. 🙂

Here he is part way into his deconstruction of the watch. You may be asking yourself, why…. why does he have swim googles on? I know I was. Well, for two or potentially three reasons. First, the googles are prescription so he can see better. Second, they completely protect his eyes while he’s doing his technical work…. Safety First. And, third, because I believe he might be completely bored out of his skull and he’s gone a little loopy. The first two were his explanation, the last was mine. Having said that, aren’t I the proud engineer of a father.

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Bequia and Port Elizabeth

It hasn’t been all rain and we get ashore when we can to provision and look around. Here’s a couple quick peeks at Port Elizabeth.

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Port Elizabeth – Admiralty Bay

So, we did make it to Bequia and we did manage to anchor with pretty dry conditions. That allowed me also to get ashore and to check us in right away.

Here’s a view of what it was like when we anchored.

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But, it is also the time of the year when we’re likely to see more of this….

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And, we have. It’s been pretty wet. Again, most guests have missed it so we’ve been happy about that.

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21 – A New Country

Well, it’s time for a new country. We’ve done some cleaning and some repairs (of course), and now we’re ready to head off to The Grenadines. We’ve decided to make a longer day passage and to skip St. Vincent right now. We’re going to head straight for Bequia. We’ll get up and leave for about 5 am and hopefully get in about 10 hours later. The weather should be pretty good for the passage with moderate wind and waves. To moderate the waves a bit we’ll head down the leeward side of St. Vincent.

And, that worked out very well. We did get a lot of shelter in the lee of St. Vincent. Elsewhere the waves were a bit more than we expected with some being about 3 metres. And, we hit a squall which was very wet and windy. Otherwise, the winds allowed us to make good time and we did arrive at Admiralty Bay in Bequia that afternoon.

Once I checked us into the country the kids had now officially been to 21 countries (with Ethan having a 22nd country, Costa Rica). Wow.

Here’s the flat water that we experienced while in the lee of the island. I couldn’t get any video of the 3 metre swells we experienced elsewhere.

More Goodbyes

As we’ve done many times, it’s time to say goodbye to our guests. Andrew and Bruce will be heading off and we’ll also be saying goodbye to the area of Soufriere. We’ll head back up to Marigot to prepare for our next day passage as we head down to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

All the Boys…

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The area of Soufriere. If you look very very close, you can see Legend. She’s the boat farthest to the left on the top part of the bay. No really, she really is there. One of 4 white boats just under the green of the land.

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Soufriere – Warm Water in the Ground

The volcano creates stinky air around the vents, but it also creates some lovely warm water that are reported to have therapeutic value. I think that just the lush views have therapeutic value.

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Soufriere – Sulphur in the Air

Soufriere, the town, is right next to or actually a part of an active caldera of a volcano. It has not erupted for a couple of hundred years but it continues to hiss with a smelly sulphurous steam. We went to visit the steam vents and then to a thermal bath.

Here’s a panaroma view of the active calera area.

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The moonscape of the bubbling continues to change as tropical storms change the landscape.

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The small pools of water on the landscape bubble as the sulphurous air escapes. What’s left is a really stinky smell and kids saying “I’m going to die”.

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The Bat Cave

Dunna dunna dunna dunna Dunna dunna dunna dunna … Batcave. (I hope that you had the Batman theme in your head as you read that.)

Well, right next to where we were anchored in Soufriere was something called the Batcave. We’d been to one in the BVI and this one was no disappoint. It was a thin vertical crevice.

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Here you can actually see the bats clinging to the walls.

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Different Island, Different Rhythms

Due to the weather and what St. Lucia offered on land, we spent less time on the water or in the water while visiting St. Lucia. Although it was cloudy due to the swell churning things up, we did see some interesting sea life.

Here is a File fish (we think) that is about a foot (30 cm) long.

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Here’s a Trumpet fish.

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And, yes, there was still some time to “lime” about. Andrew on the port hammock.

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A Camera with a View – The Pitons

Digital cameras now come with a ton of features. Many which I’m sure none of us ever use. One feature on both Andrew and Bruce’s cameras that they got us using more was the panorama feature. One can get some wonderful pictures with this setting. Here are a couple of the Pitons.

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And a normal one for good measure.

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Yellow Trees and More

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a yellow tree before. I’ve heard about needing to tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree. Anyway, it’s a beautiful tree.

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And, more flora…

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Views From The Bay of Soufriere

Legend was anchored right next to this interesting keyhole formation.

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Heres a shot from the water of Legend with the Pitons in the background.

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Passion Fruit

If you’ve heard of passion fruit but not seen it, here’s a picture of the inside of a passion fruit. It’s a bit different, both in looks and taste, but great to experience first hand.

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Hummingbird Resort

A dozen years ago, Caroline and I were on St. Lucia as we did a bit of tour of the Eastern Caribbean by plane. When we were here, we stayed at the Hummingbird resort right in the shadow of the Pitons. Now, we find ourselves back again, moored just off the beach of the Hummingbird Resort. It still has its quaint charm and beauty.

Here is the view of the resort from the water…. almost hidden in its gardens.

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Here is the view from the restaurant out over the pool and then on toward the Pitons.

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The Pitons

One of the main images that people associate with St. Lucia are the Pitons, the two sharp hills that define the landscape of the country.

As we sailed along the island, here is what we saw first and then some other images of the Pitons taken over the next little while.

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Beach View at Marigot Bay

You saw a picture of this view at sunset. It’s not so bad during the day either. 🙂

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Flora From Marigot Bay

More flora from our adventure. Why? We are surrounded by such interesting, and different fruits, flowers, trees and bushes

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