Five days ago, we tied to the quay at Port Louis Marina, St. George’s, Grenada. Since then, we’ve had very little on the agenda except for doing as little as possible. We’ve done very little boat work. We did re-mark our anchor chain with colored wire ties so we know how much chain we have out. We put on the original wire ties two years ago. They lasted longer than I thought they would, but some were now missing. While the chain was out of its chain locker, I climbed down in and cleaned out the mud and gunk that had accumulated over two years time. Other than that, our boat work has mainly consisted in contacting workers to arrange for them to do some work on Beatitude.
We’ve dinghied over to Island Water World (a chandlery) and to Food Land (grocery), both in the lagoon where our marina is located. On Sunday, we dinghied over to the Carenage (a small little bay adjacent to the lagoon) for church. The mass at St. George’s Anglican Church started at 7:30 a.m., which meant we had to leave Beatitude at 6:45. The people were friendly and the service was nice. Unfortunately, the parishioners are unable to meet in the actual church building which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in September, 2004. Grenada is generally considered to be below the hurricane belt, but, as Ivan showed, tropical systems fail to acknowledge such limits. Ivan set the record for the most southerly major hurricane in the Atlantic basin. Its path was directly over Grenada and it destroyed a number of historic buildings, including the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Anglican Church (the Presbyterian Church and Anglican Church were damaged most severely). In August of 2014, the restoration of St. George’s was begun and is still underway. The Sunday morning service was held in the Senior School Building.
We’ve relaxed on more than one occasion at the marina pool, an inviting little spot which is frequented by a number of cruisers. We’ve enjoyed some meals at the Victory Bar and Restaurant, directly adjacent to the pool. We’ve also enjoyed some fine meals aboard Beatitude (including Cindy’s delicious Lasagna). We’ve watched movies and played games. And, most importantly, I’ve now completely recovered from my tropical disease! And, now that Cindy has recovered from her knee replacement surgery, we are getting back into the habit of walking for exercise. We’re so thankful that she is able to walk without pain!
It’s been raining quite frequently, but there are a few hours of sunshine most everyday. We’re enjoying our “down-time” before returning to the states at the end of this week. It’s time for a few more shifts in the emergency department to replenish our dwindling money supply and to fund the necessary repairs on Beatitude. Maybe, we’ll do a little sightseeing this week before we head back. Then again, maybe we won’t. We’re truly in “chill” mode.