I am so glad we stopped at St Barthelemy for a visit! It is one of the most beautiful islands we’ve seen. The views are stunning and the entire island is picturesque. I only wish I was a better photographer to capture it in all its glory. Here are a couple of pictures with some narrative, but I think this this island is video worthy. Therefore, the rest of the photos are in the video at the end of the blog. But be warned, there is some footage taken from the scooter and it may make some people a little nauseous watching it. In other words, skip through the motion parts, mom.
All I can say is that I am so glad we didn’t hike up to this fort. Dave and I saw a stone staircase leading up and considered parking below and taking the stairs, but we had no way to communicate that with the car group, so we followed them up to the fort. We couldn’t believe it when we saw it was gated off and closed to the public. I think it is the only fort in the Caribbean that is closed to the public and there are a lot of forts in the Caribbean! This was as good a view as we were going to get, so I stuck my camera lens through the gate to see how it looked without the bars out front.
This is actually a nice picture of Dave and he doesn’t look goofy at all, but I still called it that because he was sticking his tongue out at me when he saw me taking his picture. But he cracked himself up and I snapped it. No pointing pose, no tongue, no goofy face, just my handsome guy.
Returning to the boat, we went through the cut between the island and some huge rocks. There was the occasional big breaking wave but they were spaced far apart. We decided to go for it. The current against us was insane! Dave had our 15 hp motor working just as hard as it could and our progress through the cut was still excruciatingly slow. I could see the waves coming and knew we had to get through quickly. We didn’t quite make it. No, we didn’t have a wave break over the top of us, but we were lifted by a huge wave that rolled underneath us then just dropped us. We were literally left up in the air and fell straight down. I went right through our dinghy seat! And we still weren’t all the way through. We lost all our speed and the current was holding us in place. The nose of the dinghy was way up and the prop was digging in. I was nearly dangling from the painter line, which I was very glad I was holding onto or I may have been tossed from the dinghy. More and more waves kept coming and we made slow progress. Eventually the dinghy righted and I could pull myself out of the seat and onto the side. Shew! That was harrowing. I am NOT an adrenaline junkie and I am not a fan of that cut! I was glad to get back to the boat. Unfortunately, we will have to go through one more time to check out of the country. Maybe Dave can go with Greg on his 25 hp dinghy.
I hope you enjoy the video. But do be warned, it is a little long and the motion may bother some people: