With yesterday's hike fresh in memory, we set off much earlier today to explore the south end of Virgin Gorda, known as The Valley. Our first intent was to hike up Cow Hill but the hill is on private property owned by the Little Dix Bay resort, so we were personae non grata there. Nothing daunted we headed on down the road until we reached beautiful Savannah Bay. Along the way, we were presented with a landing approach view of Virgin Gorda's runway.
|View from the top - Saba Rock in North Sound|
|In order to see over the trees there is a 3-storey platform at the top of the peak|
|South to The Valley - Savannah Bay on the right|
This evening was an experience we will treasure for a long time. Remember Paul and Elka were purely a chance meeting a couple of days ago over cocktails on the back of Mowzer in Lee Bay. They very kindly invited us to join them for dinner at "Canadian Night" in East End, Tortola. Paul has his boat on a mooring in Trellis Bay, so we met at Da Loose Mongoose and he drove us to DoveLove where a group of expat and cruising/live-aboard Canadians meet every Tuesday night for dinner. The group was most welcoming and the owners of DoveLove, Lynne from Kitchener and her husband (a local from the BVI) prepared a wonderful dinner. Included in the group were a number of other nationalities including a South African orthopedic surgeon and his wife who had actually lived in Sudbury for a couple of years. As we left the restaurant we wandered down the hill where a local church choir was performing at an outdoor venue; really more of a African/Rock/Gospel group and man could they sing!
East End on Tortola has a bit of a reputation as a rough part of the island, but the people we met (both locals and aways) were charming and hospitable and really made us feel welcome. In particular Paul and Elka went out of their way to introduce us to island life as they have become part of the community here.