In order to start the new sailing season, we have to uproot from Grenada. You’d think that would be an easy thing to do, living on a boat and all. But Grenada sucks you in and holds on tight. Even if we never make it back, Grenada will certainly hold a special place in our hearts. The boat was here six months and Dave and I were here nearly three months. That is by far the longest we have stayed anywhere since we began cruising. And what a great place it was to stay. Wonderful local people, tons of social activities, hashing, mega parties, and a fantastic group of cruisers to get to know. So, yes, leaving was difficult.
We started the day early, seeing the sunrise in Grenada and weighing anchor before the morning net. It looked like it was going to be a beautiful day with 10-15 knots of wind and puffy cumulous clouds. Perfect! The sea state was calm with 1-2 foot waves. We sailed on the leeward side of Grenada and gave it a wide berth trying to avoid the wind shadow of the island. It was good in theory, but it didn’t work. We still lost the wind and had to motor sail for a while.
After a lazy sail, we arrived safely and calmly into Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, which is still part of the country of Grenada. The bay was full of boats, so we chose a spot in the back away from the crowds.
It was an all day sail, rather slow going. We could have motored more to speed up the trip, but it is so much more peaceful and enjoyable to sail. Besides, we made it before sundown. We decided to spend one day in Carriacou then continue on to Bequia the next day if the weather holds.
In the morning we tuned into the Grenada cruiser’s net, so it didn’t feel like we left at all. We haven’t spent much time in Carriacou, so Dave and I decided to take a walk around the island. As we prepared to go ashore, I noticed this rainbow behind us. I don’t know whose boat that is nor did we get any rain, but I thought it quite beautiful.
Living on an island is really interesting. It’s crazy the things that have to be shipped in. In this case, gravel is being offloaded into trucks. They can’t just go chip away at a mountain, so it makes sense as odd as it seems. We just take so much for granted in the states. Yes, we import a lot of goods, but we also have local resources readily available.
Just in case anyone was thinking of moving to paradise, here is a nice house for sale on Carriacou. Pretty manicured grounds and plenty of room for sheep, goats, and/or chickens to roam around. At one time this would have been tempting, but now we are much happier living on the water. Land life is too hard, too stationary, and has too many bugs and spiders!
See? This is how it’s done. It was so strange to see so many free roaming animals when we started, but now it is the norm. I love it.
This is a field of sheep. I’d go pet them but they are pretty skittish.
Some times the animals prefer to relax in the shade than graze the fields. Do you see the goats? They are on the ledge under the balcony. Did I mention before how they build houses in Grenada from the top down? They build as high as they are allowed to, finish the top story and use underneath as a garage or workspace, maybe a place to keep animals. As the family grows, they build out the bottom floor(s) to expand.
Close up view of the ledge. Too cute!
Continuing our walk around the island, we climbed up a hill and were rewarded with some great views. This is looking northward towards Hillsboro. You can see the beautiful clear water with the light colored sandy spots. It was so refreshing to see after the murky water of Mount Hartman, where we stayed for so long. We loved the Mount Hartman location for all the activities, but it was not a place to dive off your boat or make water!
Here’s a view of Sandy Island, a popular spot to snorkel, beachcomb, and play water sports. We spent a couple days there when our friend, Brad, came to visit us. It looks very different from sea level, being so flat.
Looking down on the town in Tyrell Bay, You really notice how green the island is. I will be sad to leave the Windward Islands and return to dry desert-like islands. These islands grow their own produce and it tastes so good being so fresh and properly ripened. As we head north, we will get back into the islands of imported produce. Some of these have other great imports, though, to make up for it – like the French islands with their wines and cheeses. We didn’t take advantage of that last time through, so we plan to this time. Anyway, Carriacou is beautiful but all the events happen on Grenada.
This house is under construction and has been since we were in Carriacou six months ago. Can you tell what it is?
Yes, this should start to look familiar to anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons.
Someone is actually building the Flintstones house. Isn’t that crazy? It is made of concrete and could probably withstand a hurricane, especially with the low profile construction. Also, the concrete may work as an insulator, keeping the house cooler during the day. I was too shy to ask the workers for a tour or to let me take better pictures. So what do you think? Awesome? Or ridiculous?
Back down to Main Street, I just wanted to show what the town looks like. It is spread out along the road with sparsely stocked grocery stores, restaurants, bars, dive shops, and customs and immigration. Here, we have to check out of Grenada. Tomorrow we leave for Bequia, which is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines. We have to get back into the swing of checking in and out of nearly every island we stop at. We are going to move north fairly quickly to get to Saint Martin for Christmas. Dave’s parents are coming to visit us and we reserved a dock space for a month starting December 10th on the French side at Fort Louis.
Returning to our boat at sunset, we are checked out and ready to leave in the morning. Next stop is Port Elizabeth, Bequia, where we will only stay 2-3 days before moving on again. We have a rough travel plan, but it seems to change almost daily. So I’ll just share it as we go.