And here we are anchored off St George's anchorage, Grenada. It's their Carnival and we're undecided about what our level of participation will be. The anchorage is quite rolly at the moment as a tropical waves pass across us. Yesterday was heavy rain from unexpected directions. The prevailing winds are from the East and we had winds from the West as the big dark squall clouds rolled through. Our light sensor activated anchor light came on in the afternoon it was so dark.
Today is better, and we have laundry out to dry, which truly is tempting fate. It's muggy and cloudy though with only light winds so another poor day for generating power via the wind generator and solar panels. Later in the the day we'll run the generator to top up the battery and heat some water.
We met up with our niece Izzy, who has been living and working in Grenada since the beginning of the year.She gave us the whistle-stop tour and we're hoping to do some sightseeing together when the weather settles down.
(This intro was written a week ago and we'll catch you up to where we are exactly at the end of the blog. If I have to keep changing the verb tenses I'll never get this posted!)
We arrived in Grenada on the third of August after slow island-hop down the Windward Islands. From Antigua we rushed past Guadeloupe, pausing there only long enough to hit the Carrefour and Leader Price Supermarkets at Pigeon Island and then on to for Les Saintes, the little dot on the map just below the main island of Guadeloupe, for our stop for the night.
The next morning, we sailed south to Dominica where we dropped at anchor off Portsmouth for just over a week, which finally took gave us a chance to do some sightseeing. When you arrive at anchorages like Dominica in the Windward Isles you are almost always approached by 'Boat Boys'. I've never been easy with that name. Really, they are locals in boats who offer various services from getting you ice or your propane bottles refilled, or taking your rubbish away or arranging taxi's or tours. It's their job (possibly one of several like fishing) and they are often adults with families to support. Once you have accepted the services of one of these guys, you are less likely to be hassled by all the rest. He is also a contact point and a source of local knowledge.
Albert was our guy for our stay in Portsmouth and along with fishing, one of this other hats was a tour guide on the Indian River.
We had heard of these tours where you are rowed up a river, and had sent some guests on them, but the only river I've seen in the Caribbean was the one we climbed up in Guadeloupe and I just couldn't imagine how it worked.
Well, it's a completely different type of river; its a tropical marsh land.
From the website SearchDominica.com