|Sailing by the Pitons|
|Mum and "Chips"|
|Hobie Cat sailing|
The next few days were spent hanging out on the boat, snorkelling and enjoying all that the Sandals Resort ( day passes for the kids) had to offer. Ryan dropped by the boat on a Hobie Cat and took me for a spin; lots of fun.
Christmas eve, day and Boxing day were spent moored in the southern end of the Island, near to the Pitons. The Petit Piton ( 2460 feet) and Gros Piton ( 2619 feet) rise out of the water dwarfing the bay at Soufriere, a very impressive sight. The snorkelling in this area is very good right off the boat, you just need to be aware of the quite strong current - next stop Venezuela !
The last few days of the Ball Family Christmas Vacation were spent in Marigot Bay. We actually had intended to just drop by and see the bay, but the kids liked it there so much we ended up staying for three nights. Marigot Bay is well protected and very pretty, it has a small palm tree lined beach and several bars and restaurants. Perfect!
|Made it to the top|
All good things must come to an end, apparently, and we were sad to say goodbye to the kids ( and Dean). We had a great trip, come back soon kiddlies, I miss you !!!
We have now moved back to Rodney Bay where we have had a life raft installed on the boat and a few dingy modifications done. Since my New Years resolution is to exercise more we decided to hike the Gros Piton. To do this you have to take a local guide-ours was a young fellow named Rice- who patiently waits while you huff and puff your way up the winding, rock strewn path. The round trip took us 4 hours, the saving grace being that for most of the climb we were in the shade. The view at the top is spectacular, looking down onto the Petit Piton.
We are now preparing for our next stop, Martinique. Get out the French phrase books!