Feb 27 - Happenings

We've spent these last few days walking around town and going into many of the shops. Surprisingly, there isn't a lot of tourist stuff to buy for souvenirs, but we think that that infrastructure will be developed. We walked up and down Jacobs Ladder today, 699 steps, each about 11" height. This was built as a funicular, no longer in use, that was used to haul supplies up the mountain on a continuous loop type of basis. Mules did the work; men did the unloading. The view from the top of the mountain overlooks James Bay and is beautiful. Our knees and calves are feeling it, though. We've been using the wifi at the Consulate Hotel, which also serves a bit of food, has good coffee, and a good selection of books for sale at one pound each. Tourist forms have been faxed to Ascension Island (fax facilities are at the "Sure" office, which is the Cable & Wireless spot, just a few doors down from the Hotel), and we've been cleared out by Customs and Immigration. Last night we had happy hour aboard Mantra, with the crews of Coruisk and Shango there as well; a mini OCC gathering as all of us are members.

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