What do all three have in common? Grenada!
The longer we spend here, the more we realize that Grenada is definitely a great place for cruisers who want to spend significant amounts of time in a hurricane free area. The list of things to do is pretty long and the transport system they have here is awesome. Our monotonous life I mentioned in our last post is getting a bit better thankfully!
So, since none of us have written a post recently, we’ll fill you in on what’s been going on.
Happy Birthday Mum/Amber/Emma/Wonder Woman! As some of you may know, Mum has just turned 45! I’m sure most of you were expecting 35 and while I agree she does look and seem that young, she actually is 45. However, I do suggest you wish her a happy 35th birthday if you’re hoping for a Christmas card this year.
Thankfully, our first boat birthday was quite an exciting affair. We had a nice breakfast at the local bakery where we met another family of five who are also on a Lagoon 440 (boat name Pollux) who also bought they’re boat from the same people. I know, crazy right? The rest of the day was pretty low key, then, at night we all got together for dinner. Originally, we had us, Adonis and Field Trip coming for dinner, which would make 11 of us. Then we met the family at the bakery aboard Pollux so that bumped it up to 16 of us and as we arrived at the restaurant, we met our friends Jonathan and Donna aboard they’re cat, Chez Nou, whom we met way back in St. Maarten.
So, in the end, we had 18 of us at dinner and it made for an enjoyable night of food, presents and after dinner, banana flambé made by chef Randy!
So, that’s how our first boat birthday went and we can’t wait for Xavier’s in November!
This is why we love the cruising life. Since arriving in Grenada, we have met a lot of friends and I’m sure we’ll continue to meet many more. We have become great friends with the Silverstein family aboard their cat, Field Trip. As you read above, we met a Canadian family aboard their Lagoon 440, Pollux, whilst at the bakery having Mum’s birthday breakfast! There’s no doubt that we would not have met so many wonderful people in such a short time if we were back in Australia living our ‘normal’ and mundane lives.
Underwater Sculpture Park:
We can’t get enough of this place! We have been there twice already and each time it’s been great. Basically, it’s exactly what the name says, an underwater sculpture park. It’s about a 25 minute boat trip from where we’re anchored and is so convenient to go to for just the day thanks to mooring balls dotted around the place. The first time we went, we were aboard Field Trip and we had a blast. They have a Brownie’s Third Lung which is essentially a floating dive compressor on board their boat, so, Dad and I had a go of that which was amazing. Having never scuba dived, we had no idea what we were in for but knew that if it was anything like snorkelling, it couldn’t be that bad. After a quick rundown of how the system works and the safety procedures, we were giddy with excitement. We donned our masks, fins and weight belts and gave it a go. WOW! When people say being able to breathe underwater is amazing, they really do mean it.
After about 15 minutes of getting used to breathing underwater, something that your brain is telling you shouldn’t be possible, our fun came crashing down. Some park rangers turned up and apparently you can’t use any breathing apparatus in the marine park without a guide. Turns out the rangers are only ever around on Sunday’s and what day was it…? Sunday of course! Despite having our fun cut short, we have definitely caught the ‘diving bug’ so we’ll be looking at learning to dive in the near future.
Yes, we to were a bit puzzled as to why anyone would want to go running around the bush with a bunch of people who call themselves ‘Hashers’. However, being the outgoing, give-everything-a-try kind of people we are, we jumped at the opportunity. They also told us there was cheap beer and food involved which sweetened the deal! Anyway, we found a bus that would take us to the hash, along with about 9 other cruisers from our area. After about an hour of driving along beautiful coastal roads, through tiny villages and up and down mountains, we arrived at the site.
All up, there were about 200 people who had all come to join in this hashing thing that we had heard nothing but good things about. Once everyone had arrived, the fun began.
They rounded up anyone that was wearing new shoes and they each had to drink beer out of their shoe. I’m not sure if the thought of free beer would shield the fact that you’re drinking it out of your own shoe! After much laughter and applause, we were told how it works (follow a trail marked by shredded paper, avoiding the fake trails that will lead you astray) and we were then let loose into the heart of Grenada. The walk took about 2 hours and had everything from jumping across rivers to climbing up ropes.
Once we arrived back at the start, we waited for everyone before the hash organisers began dishing out punishments. Crimes included; moving trail markers, taking fruit from trees, not checking in after finishing and having a birthday. These crimes were punished by a ‘down down’ in which the person has to drink a beer without stopping and anything they don’t drink, they wear. They also announce a ‘Hash Sh*t of the Week’ who has to wear a toilet seat around their neck for the rest of the night. For all of us first timers, appropriately named hash virgins, we were welcomed with a big group hug (thankfully there was about 70 of us) and a showering of beer. After all of the laughing, cheering and applauding, we hopped back onto our bus and made our way home; exhausted, stinking of beer but having experienced something awesome that we’ll never forget. So awesome, in fact, that we’re going to do it all again this Saturday!
So, that’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening so far and I’m sure we’ll have plenty more to talk about soon. We’ll also try and write posts more often but we’ve had shocking internet and all the usual jazz.
In case we don’t write again for a while, our plan is to head back to Ronde Island with Adonis and Pollux and meet Seb and Krista who are our great friends that we met in St. Maarten. Not only are we super excited to see them, but, they come bearing gifts of food and chocolate, both of which are either really expensive or hard to get hold of here in Grenada, but that’s a whole other story that I’ll save for Mum to write about.