On Friday afternoon, Beatitude splashed back into the water and we made the short trip westward along the southern coast of Grenada to Mt. Hartman Bay. We spent three nights on the hook in this beautiful bay.
Saturday’s grand excursion was a walk over the hill from Mt. Hartman Bay to Prickly Bay. It wasn’t far (about a mile or so), but it was either straight up hill or straight downhill. Nonetheless, it was a nice hike through a very nice neighborhood. We had lunch at the Prickly Bay Marina Tiki Bar, bought some groceries and ice, and hired a taxi to take us back to Secret Harbour Marina, which is the only marina on Mt. Hartman Bay. We luxuriated for most of the evening sitting on the bow deck beneath our triangular sunscreen we recently purchased. We watched sea turtles raise their heads above the water several times before diving for food once again, we basked in the beauty of the surrounding hillside and the mountains off in the distance, and we joyed in the grandeur of God’s great creation. We also enjoyed a refreshing swim in the water around Beatitude.
My beautiful bride in the salon.
Our cacti in the cockpit
Walking over the hill from Mt. Hartman Bay to Prickly Bay
One of the very nice homes on our walk over to Prickly Bay
Relaxing in style on the bow
Since there was no church within easy walking distance on Sunday, we performed the morning prayer of the daily office on-board Beatitude. We decided to go in to the marina for lunch, but upon arriving at the restaurant, we were notified that it was not open. But, fortunately, every Sunday there is an excellent BBQ up by the pool for a very reasonable price. So, we ascended the many steps up to the poolside bar area and sat down to enjoy both the BBQ ribs and the amazing views of the harbour.
Beatitude in Mt. Hartman Bay
Another view of the bay
The Mt. Hartman Bay Anchorage taken from the Secret Harbour Marina pool area
Beatitude at anchor
BBQ Lunch at Secret Harbour Marina
Later in the afternoon, we took Dalí out to the edge of the harbour whose entrance is surrounded by several reefs. We dropped anchor near one of them, and I enjoyed snorkeling in the area for a little while, while Cindy stayed on Dalí. I was the guinea pig. If the snorkeling was really nice, she would join me. But, there was nothing spectacular about this area. Still, it was nice to be in the water — and I did see some coral and some fish.
Cacti growing on the hillside – as we make our way to the reef to snorkel
Looking back from the reef
We also met another 420 owner! Jeff, and his friend Chris who assisted him in bringing the boat down to Grenada from St. Martin, have been in Grenada for a couple of weeks. He just purchased the boat and has little sailing experience, but is ready to try his hand at cruising. These are the second 420 owners we’ve met in the last few days. I hear there may be another one or two 420s in the area. In the states we saw much fewer catamarans, much less Lagoon 420s. I guess we just needed to come to the Caribbean to find others who are enjoying life aboard a vessel like ours.
In the foreground is the Lagoon 420 Horizons, directly behind is Beatitude
With Chris and Lagoon 420 owner, Jeff (on right)
Upon arising on Monday morning, we tackled cleaning out one of the forward lockers which had somehow become flooded with rainwater. It was an exhausting job, but we felt much better with the task accomplished. Shortly after recovering from our manual labor, we weighed anchor and made our way out through the reefs of Mt. Hartman Bay for the 11-nautical mile journey back to the lagoon in St. George and the Port Louis Marina. It was another fine day for boating in the bright sunshine and slight winds.
Pumping the water out of a forward locker
The contents of the locker, cleared out so the water can be removed
A look at the reef as we leave Mt. Hartman Bay
Cindy relaxing on the bow en route from Mt. Hartman Bay to St. George Lagoon
Scenery approaching Port Louis Marina