|At La Haut Resort -Pitons in the background|
Friday May 31st. We left s/v Honey Ryder at 8am and hopped in Archie's Daihatsu to begin our exploring.
|Tom and Archie on the grounds of La Haut Resort|
|Road slides and wash outs are a problem in St Lucia|
Sometimes the road conditions will require a driver to drive on the other side of the road - to miss a big pot hole or go around a bus dropping off a passenger. They don't wait until the oncoming traffic is completely clear, they just drive over to the other side. It's seems....well...crazy to us to be on the wrong side of the road with cars coming at you. But the cars coming the other direction don't get upset. They know that this car has to do this and it will soon go back to its side of the road soon so they slow down or stop to allow this. No one gets upset. We have seen NO road rage, just logical give and take that seems to make up driving conditions in St Lucia.
|Tom with a mouthful of cassava bread|
|Look closely along the wall and you will see the 2 fireboxes used in the boiling and baking process|
Despite lack of rain turning some of the countryside brown, there was still quite a bit of green.
|Pool at La Haut Resort|
|Rooms at La Haut Resort|
|View from La Haut down into Soufriere and the Pitons|
|Simply food shack|
|Getting caught up|
I happened to mention that I wish I would have bought some "bush tea" in the market in Castries the other day to kill my lingering cough. She said "Baby, I'll make you some up." In a few quick minutes I had my very own cup of "make you feel all better bush tea" - her version....basically it was honey, lime and strong rum. And miraculously I did feel better and didn't cough the rest of the day.
|Off the main pier in Soufriere - 1 of 2 Pitons in the background|
|Time to load up on refreshing |
coconut water - SO good and good for you
|Coco beans drying in the sun|
|This is actually a WIDE road compared to most roads in the little villages|
|One of the village bath houses|
**READERS - Are you still with me? I know it's a long blog posting but it was a full, action packed day! Hang in there.
|The guys checking out the bouillabaisse|
|bouillabaisse with dumpling|
Oh yeah, we just happened to run into Cervin while we were out and about. He is Archie's stonemason at the house Archie is building here. He joined our sight seeing tour for a while.
|View from his deck - perfect spot for a mooring ball for sv Janey or sv Honey Ryder|
|The guys discussing the details|
|Good retaining wall that Cervin built|
|Back alley walkway in Laborie|
|Anchorage has several reefs that make it tricky|
|SE coast of St Lucia|
|East coast of St Lucia|
|Oh look - ANOTHER Japanese Gov't built break water and fish sorting house - how nice.|
Soon it was time to start back across the country toward the west coast. Again we climbed up and up into the mountains. We stopped a few times to take in the view, meet and visit with the locals.
|She made us tasty salt fish cakes. YUM!|
There are many small roadside places in or near each village where locals gather to chat, grab something to eat and play dominoes. These places are very, very simple - sometimes there is a small kitchen but other times it's just a two burner hot plate run on a small table run off a propane bottle. The bar is a table and a cooler or two. The chairs and tables are a mix-match under a simple covered patio with no sides.
|Chatting with the locals|
After a couple of wrong turns on dark mountain roads, we found our way back down to the west coast. We headed back to Anse La Raye for their famous Friday Night Fish Fry. We had driven through this fishing village earlier in the day.
|Anse La Raye|
However now the main streets were blocked off and a full street party was going on. There was music, a St Lucian version of Top Model (whatever that means), vendors, drinks and FOOD! So much good looking food. However, we were stuff from all we had eaten during the day so we just took in the sights and smells.
The Fish Fry was a veritable buffet of people watching as well. Archie's older brother George showed up from Castries so we had a good time visiting with him.
Finally we had to call it a day and head back to Marigot Bay. We climbed aboard s/v Honey Ryder around midnight and fell fast asleep.
Special Note - We can't say thank you enough to Archie. We had a wonderful time seeing St Lucia with you through your eyes so to speak. There is NO way we would have ever seen or experienced the day we had with you on our own. Thank you so much!