We arrived at Jolly Harbour, Antigua, and couldn’t wait to explore. Dan and Melissa on Slow Dancing had a few things go haywire, the biggest of which was their generator. So their first order of business was to call a repairman. They blamed us, claiming all our breakdowns are catching. Indigo and Livin’ Life arrived in good form, so our first order of business was to rent scooters and go explore. Don’t worry, I didn’t video it.
Antigua is a really big island. We rode all day and circled the island. We felt a little saddle sore and walked funny for a while. We didn’t see a lot to do, but we skirted right by some areas we would like to return to explore like Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Redcliffe Quay in St John’s, and the Donkey Sanctuary near Bethesda.
But we did look out over some beautiful bays with huge reefs. There must be some good diving or snorkeling around. We will need to look into that as well. Debbie stood over us all from a stage of rubble where she had an excellent view of a mostly deserted bay with beautiful turquoise water.
Indigo snapped this shot of a squall heading straight for Livin’ Life. It’s amazing how you can watch this wall of rain come towards you. Sometimes you can even watch one go right next to you, hitting the next boat over but never hitting your boat. Crazy how focused or concentrated the rain can be.
Even though the weather wasn’t the clearest, we joined Tim and Susan from Alpenglow for a bicycle ride along the shoreline. It was quite hilly but nothing too crazy and the views over the bays were beautiful. It felt good when it rained on us. Though, I must say, I was glad it didn’t just open up and pour on us! By the way, this is likely to be the last picture of me with long hair. I just had it cut fairly short.
Who has ever heard of black pineapple? We haven’t and we have yet to see one. I’ve seen pineapples sold along the roadsides, but they look normal. So I had to research it and here’s what I found… Don Charles, general manager of the Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank said to The Daily OBSERVER: “That’s what it’s known for – the world’s sweetest pineapple. Quite frankly the Antigua Black Pineapple is superior to that of other countries and it has to do with soil type and the amount of rainfall which allows the sugar content to be much higher. In the other islands that have more rain, the actual sugar content or concentration is watered down as a result of the increased rainfall.”
In fact, there is nothing black about the pineapple at all. If you really reach, the very young pineapple is dark in color. Black or not, I need to try some of this pineapple. So far the best I’ve found was in Shillong, India. Pineapple is a heavy fruit. Isn’t it crazy how it grows straight up?
Continuing down the road, we came across this gem, Jacqui O’s Love Beach. The name conjured up all kinds of visions. Imagine my disappointment when I looked it up on Trip Advisor and found it is just a restaurant. It did get good reviews, though, and we may try it some day. Today we need to return and take a shower!
We rented a car for Dave to get to his second kite boarding (surfing) lesson. We decided to see the Donkey Sanctuary while we had the car, so we brought our friend, Shanique from Migrateur, and drove until we found it. It was almost closing time and the road was impassable by our low clearance car, so we just stopped and visited with some donkeys by the road. I was surprised how small they are! We someone riding one on the way over. I certainly hope the guy wasn’t near as big as Dave! Poor donkey!
The young fluffy donkey was so cute and looked so soft to the touch, but we never found out. These two kept their distance.
Unlike this one. This one came to check us out and see if we had any treats, we thought.
So Dave picked a piece of grass to see if the donkey would be interested. It was. So Dave picked some more.
Then Shanique got into the action. The donkeys sure did like the grass. I assume that’s why it is barren on their side of the fence. They must have eaten it all.
Pretty soon they were all looking for handouts — except the shy two. Aren’t they cute? They seem so sweet and gentle, maybe a little shy. But this is not so with each other. You can quickly identify the alpha male. He lets everyone else know when they are encroaching on his feeding spot: