It’s good to have friends that give us a good excuse to get out and off the boat! Last season on St Martin we saw Carnival, hiked from the Dutch side to the French, explored the island by public bus, and joined in cruiser activities. That’s the way an island should be seen. Since we still have a lot of boat work going on (next blog), we can’t plan anything big but we did sneak out for a day. We got together with the old gang from Bahamas/Turks and Caicos: Mile High Dream and Why Knot IV.
Fort Louis Marina stands in ruins atop the hill overlooking Marina Fort Louis, where Livin’ Life is docked. It’s fortunate that it is so close, because the climb to get there is pretty steep. The guys were lagging behind, mostly likely sharing guy secrets that they don’t want the women to hear, right? Yeah, that must be it: secret man stuff.
But then I was lagging as I battled for control over my breathing. I should have taken my asthma medicine the previous night. I forget. The tropics are good for asthmatics that are triggered by airborne particles. The humidity in the air weighs these particles down, so they don’t float around in the air just waiting to attack my bronchial tubes. This also helped me to breathe better in India, but I took my meds there religiously because of the expected pollution.
The most beautiful views are always from way up on high. Quite a few boats have made it to St Martin. The marina is almost full and there are quite a few boats in the anchorage. High season doesn’t hit until March/April, when Carnival happens.
We even had a peek-a-boo view of Why Knot IV through the grasses.
And Vanessa and Francois could appreciate their boat from a new angle.
It did feel good to get off the boat and get some exercise. Dave was especially happy about it. I told him I would go up to the fort every other day for the exercise.
Here’s a couple enjoying the view over Marigot. This poor cannon has been degraded from a formidable weapon to a tourist seat.
Fort Louis may be in ruins, but it still looks cool.
This horse follows this guy around Marigot. He talks to the horse and the horse responds. He pointed at Vanessa and told the horse to go to her and it did.
This small horse is super sweet.
And patiently visited each person as instructed. If told to take two steps forward, the horse took two steps forward. It may not be trained to walk a tightrope or anything, but we were impressed!
This guy had a whole line of people, maybe 12-20, waiting for his specialty drink. He squeezed the juice out of sugar cane, then cut open a coconut and mixed the cane juices with the coconut water. It must be good with so many people willing to wait. I bet you could get it with rum, too. ** Yes, it might be hard work keeping a boat fully functional, but it is all worth it to be able to come to places like this. We should be back to enjoying the cruising life once we leave St Martin. Our time here is almost up and we won’t be able to explore the island further before leaving, but the next island is Antigua and we’ve never been there before. I can’t wait to go explore.