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…
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.
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.
The moonscape of the bubbling continues to change as tropical storms change the landscape.
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”.
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.
When you enter Marigot Bay, one of the first things that happens is a number of guys in boats come out to you offering you everything from help to connect to your mooring, to selling trinkets, fruit, etc. And, each of them has a different way of marketing and selling their wares. Some come on windsurfers, some on dinghys, some come as a neutral country….
Everybody’s brand is different and this fellow certainly had a different brand. He didn’t have anything that we needed but we did like his flag especially with a number of Swiss citizens on board (with Caroline, Andrew and the boys).
As an aside, we would highly recommend this to anyone. It is very safe as you have 2 harnesses on, and you are connected in 3 ways to 2 separate cables. So, safe and fun for the whole family. And, we did this on Mother’s Day…. yes, Mom will need to get a day of peace and quiet later. We’ll celebrate Mother’s Day in a couple of weeks.
And, now, we’ll return you to your regularly scheduled flora programming, as we walk back to the main centre.
So, we’ve gotten settled on St. Lucia. We’ve prepped the boat and done a little looking around. Now, it’s time for some more guests. This time it is Caroline’s brother Andrew and a friend of the family, Bruce. We met them, got them settled, and then told them that we’d be getting up early the next morning to go ziplining (is that a word?). So, we got up bright eyed and bushy tailed, just like the monkeys that we were going to be that day.
And, boy did we have a blast!!
Here are some of the sights of that day.
All geared up. They were very professional and it was a very safe experience.
Frazers and Andrew
Frazers and Bruce
It’s a rainforest. You know that there are going to be flora pictures…. seriously.
Our guides… Lea and Nicholas
Matthew on the practise line. For a kid who just barely met the size requirements, he was a little tentative, but he rocked at ziplining.
Here we are heading up the side of the hill/mountain by gondola.