Jan 12 - Update

It’s been a busy few days here. Last Saturday saw the start of the World ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) rally. This is sponsored by the ARC organization, and participants sign on for the entire, or various portions, of the around-the-world regatta. The entire scenario takes but 20 months; a very fast pace indeed. In the evening, we dinghied over to The Landings to listen to a sax player at happy hour. The next afternoon, we joined Chis and David (sv Platina) and their guest, Eric, as well as Bruce and Clark (sv Two Amigos) for craft beer at Antillias, followed by pizza at the restaurant outside Baywalk Mall “downtown.” The next morning, we hiked the historic Pigeon Island National Park ($7USD/EC 17.69 pp), along with our friends Tom & Delwyn of sv Mahalo. The top of Fort Rodney and Signal Hill has fantastic views; after, we shared an after-hike lunch at the café Jambe de Bois at the base of the fort at water’s edge. Their coffee is great, and there’s an extensive book exchange as well as wifi. Yesterday, Sue and I decided on a road trip, and took the public buses from the marina entrance south to Soufriere. We changed buses at Castries , and total cost for the entire day’s transportation was 42 EC return for both of us. We walked thru the Botanical Gardens ($8USD pp) in Soufriere, and also walked to the base of Petit Piton. Returning to the marina, we picked up our laundry from Suds Laundry, on campus of the marina; cost was 50EC for a large load (twice as expensive as having the laundry done in Bequia.) Looking forward, there’s a cruisers pot-luck aboard the pirate ship "The Pearl" coming up as well as the weekly women’s lunch get-together; the almost daily yoga and tai’ chi classes, and various other social outlets. It’s become obvious that one needs to schedule time for boat projects and such…:) Rodney Bay…another sticky place.
Pic: The view of Rodney Bay from Pigeon Is.

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