Last Days in the Eastern Caribbean, Part Two
Did you know Steve from Slow Flight is famous? Well, at least around Grenada. He has been leading weekly hikes around the island, treating cruisers to good exercise and a wine/champagne party at a waterfall. This time we went to the beautiful Seven Sisters Waterfall from Grand Etang. It was a good hike hike but not as difficult as Grand Etang to Concord Falls. I think it was the perfect choice for Steve’s last guided hike in Grenada.
Grand Etang is a gorgeous rain forest. Being a rain forest, it rains a lot and the trails get pretty muddy. It’s all part of the experience, though. It pays to wear the appropriate shoes!
The trail is mostly downhill, but after this first initial descent there was some climbing to do. We had 33 people on this hike! Wow! All of the up and down would spread us out, but Steve always runs back and forth to check on everyone.
So if Steve was running back and forth, who led the way? Elliott from Neptune II did. He had done the hike several times and knew his way quite well. Being young and spritely, though, he ended up waiting for us all to catch up quite often.
Since the group did get so spread out, the front runners would pick a flatish shady spot to wait for the rest to catch up. Marina, Elliott’s sister, didn’t struggle at all with the hike, but I don’t think she appreciated the mud on her shoes.
It is a challenge for me to keep up with the people who are in really good shape like Marie, Cathy, Peter, and Sally. This rest stop was quite a ways in and see how happy they all still looked? I was probably purple and slobbering all over myself. Haha!
Somehow I managed to hold my place behind Elliott and Marina, so I was able to watch everyone else carefully pick their way down the last steep last decline to the falls.
Here, someone erected a small cloth changing room to change into your bathing suit. Then there’s a small climb to the top waterfall. This is the place to be.
The water pools and is perfect for a quick swim. I say quick because as refreshing as it is to cool off in the water, it is too chilly to stay in for long. I think it is the coldest water in all of Grenada!
Steve made sure everyone was okay and then enjoyed the reward of the waterfall as well.
Cathy and Marie enjoyed some wine together and looked picture perfect doing it.
Everyone enjoyed whatever snacks and drinks they were able to carry in. We would need it for the hike back out. What goes down must go back up.
A view of the two parts of the waterfall.
Part of the group opted to hike an additional 20 minutes each way to go to Honeymoon Falls. This short hike involved several stream crossings…
And a smaller waterfall to climb! That’s where I called it quits. I didn’t want to hike all the rest of the way out in soaking wet boots. Dave’s Tevas worked great for him, though. It looked a little treacherous and the still shot didn’t really capture it, so I took some video of this part.
Then, of course, they had to come back down the fall. So what do you think? Would you do it? My phone screwed up somehow and synced all the pictures from my computer until it was full so I didn’t get any shots of us hiking back up and out, but I’ll tell you by the time we reached the rum shop outside the park we were more than ready for a beer!
We had two buses to haul everyone to and from Grand Etang. Devon was right on time, but the other driver was two hours late. It was okay waiting at first, but then the rum shop closed. This is where Vanessa from Neptune II started to panic. Okay, so we all did. But then we made a rum shop stop when we were finally on the way back and everyone was happy again. No, we really aren’t raging alcoholics. We had drank all our water on the hike and it was hot and very sweaty. With the rum shop closed, we couldn’t buy any water or anything.
It was a great last hike and Camp Grenada is not going to be the same without Steve there. Dave and I are fortunate to be buddy boating with him. He’s a great guy and we know we will have a lot of fun experiences with him. Sorry Grenada, Steve’s ours now!