Back in Rodney Bay we met up with a bunch of fellow Canadians and a lovely Antiguan, and we have been making the same path south to arrive in Bequia and meet up together again. Rej & Shaniqua on Migrateur (Montreal), Pierre & Marie on Soukha (Levy), and Blaire & Edie on Kind of Magic (Midland). What fun we have had the last couple of days exploring and sharing tales into the evening with potluck dinners on the various boats.
With Rej & Shaniqua we set out for Peggy's Rock, high atop the western arm of the island. We were following instructions from Chris Doyle's guide as we headed down the airport road to the south side of the island. There's really only one road, so this part was fairly easy.
|Come on ... Let's Go!!|
|Friendship Bay with Mustique in the background. Love Island, just beyond the reef in the bay, is where the whales are brought for processing.|
|Head up the big road, past the Pepsi shed!|
|The turtle stoically hid in its shell as his captor proudly showed it to us.|
We asked the young lads the way to Ma Peggy's Rock and they quickly jumped into the role of guide to lead us up the hill to the wonderful lookout. The two youngest were turned back by the cutlass-weilding 13-year-old but the 8-year-old, like an apprentice was permitted to carry on with us. These barefoot boys were well-versed in the ways of the bush pointing out all sorts of things to see along the way and even pulled some 'silly-mint' leaves off a tree for us to take home and brew up into a delicious tea.
|Gaga, our guide. Just look at those beautiful eyes.|
|And Jetman, the apprentice. Such a serious young fellow.|
|Our first challenge was to get up the 6' wall of rubble to the actual trail.|
|Leading us up the hill through a grassy opening in the bush.|
|Somehow Gaga spotted this fellow on the tree - can you see it?|
And then, after winding our way over boulders and through yuccas where Gaga used his cutlas to chop off the pointy scratchy tips, we arrived at the rock where we were spell-bound by the wonderful 360-degree views.
|Admiralty Bay where we are anchored down below. Easy to spot the reef on the point and the sandy bits where we tried to anchor.|
|Henry, Rej & Shaniqua enjoying the view.|
|The Bequia airport, built along side the island. Now that's a lot of backfill!|
|Looking south to The Pillories, Mustique, and on the far right to|
|Most places offered 'intoxicating' liquors - here they were already in the state!|
|This colourful fellow kept a keen eye on the comings and goings at the dive shop.|
|The name had us curious...|
|Sure enough, there it is!|
|Papa's, where we enjoyed our arrival beer the other night. The signs had us curious as to why Mama and Papa would advertise separately...|
|Look closely and you can see the road leading straight up the hill. As a Canadian, the first thing that came to mind was, "What a fantastic toboggan run!"|
|Bequia is well-known for its artisans and model boats are one of the specialties. These ones were true works of art.|
|Bequia is in bloom with colourful abundance at every turn. Yellow Cassia drooping under the weight of it's flowers.|
|Hmmmm, artist's rendition and reality ... it's no bull, you can play tennis here!|