Hiking and Swimming in Grenada

Somebody needs to tell these islanders that they need to sleep in a little on Sunday morning. We arose early and left Beatitude by 6:40 a.m. in order to arrive at St. George’s Anglican church in time for the 7:30 a.m. service (the only service). It was great to worship with fellow believers once again, but we felt sleep deprived the whole day. We grabbed a quick bite after church and drove up past Mt. Sinai into the central mountains of Grenada (I love the names of the three largest mountains on Grenada: Mt. Sinai, Mt. Lebanon, and Mt. St. Catherine).

The Grenada National Cricket Stadium.  Every island, it seems, has one large cricket stadium.  I need to watch (part of) a match one of these days.

The Grenada National Cricket Stadium. Every island, it seems, has one large cricket stadium. I need to watch (part of) a match one of these days.

A roadside view as we ascend the central mountains

A roadside view as we ascend the central mountains

Our first stop was Annandale falls, which is easily accessed from the road. A two-minute walk from the highway through a well-tended garden is all that is required to stand beneath the beautiful falls with a thirty-foot drop. We were first approached by a guitar-playing, lyric-creating performer who requested a tip. We barely had time to tip him when we were approached by two more gentlemen who offered to jump from atop the falls into the pool below for tips. We tipped them as well, though not as much as they requested. Twenty U.S. Dollars for jumping into a refreshing pool of water seems a little stiff to me. But, the falls were nice and we’re glad we stopped.

The welcoming committee to Annandale Falls

The welcoming committee to Annandale Falls

Annandale Falls

Annandale Falls

The well-manicured path through a garden to Annandale Falls

The well-manicured path through a garden to Annandale Falls

Near the top, you can see one of the jumpers in mid-air making his way into the pool below.

Near the top, you can see one of the jumpers in mid-air making his way into the pool below.

Posing before the falls

Posing before the falls

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Georgeous flower along the path to the falls

Georgeous flower along the path to the falls

Looking out over a valley

Looking out over a valley

From there we drove on up to the peak of the mountain, approximately 2000 feet above sea level and visited the Grand Etang National Reserve. At this elevation we were up in the clouds, which meant variable visibility which dropped to near zero and occasional rain showers. It was quite beautiful. We drove on over to Grand Etang Lake which is a fresh-water lake in the crater of a dormant volcano. There is, by the way, an active volcano in Grenada. It’s called Kick’em Jenny and is just off the northeast coast of the main island. It’s peak is just under the water so if you happen to be sailing over when it erupts, well… consider yourself kicked. We sailed to within a mile or so of Jenny when we came south to Grenada.

Looking out over a valley

Looking out over a valley

Feline greeter at Grand Etang Reserve

Feline greeter at Grand Etang Reserve

Grand Etang Crater Lake

Grand Etang Crater Lake

We then drove a couple of more miles to the beginning of the hiking trail to the Seven Sisters Falls. It was a 45-minute hike each way through the rain forest. With all the rain in the last 24-hours (including during most of our hike) the path was quite slippery and muddy. The hike was almost all down hill to the falls and almost all uphill back. Cindy did a great job, however, and although questioning our sanity while on the hike, she really enjoyed it and was glad she went when it was all over.

The Path to Seven Sisters Falls

The Path to Seven Sisters Falls

The Seven Sisters Falls

The Seven Sisters Falls

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Cindy and her walking stick made it to the falls

Cindy and her walking stick made it to the falls

On the hike back from Seven Sisters Falls

On the hike back from Seven Sisters Falls

We had to return our rental car on Monday afternoon, so we packed Monday morning with some last minute plans. First, was a trip to the beach. We drove over to Grand Anse Beach, which is two miles of white sand on the western, leeward side of the island, sheltered from high waves, strong currents and winds. As we exited the car and walked toward the beach, we met a couple of Grenadians with a long stick knocking small walnut-sized green fruit out of the tree. They gave us some of the “chin-up,” as they called it, to try. The seed inside is covered by a sweet slimy, juicy substance which is just delicious. Of course, afterwards they also requested our money for some bracelets and spices. And, of course, we parted with it. But, the water was beautiful, and the sun was plentiful. After an hour or two of relaxation in the fresh ocean air, knowing we were short on time, we hurried over to the IGA for some grocery shopping. We stopped to fill up the gas in the rental car before returning to Grenada Marine. The afternoon was dedicated to doing three loads of laundry in the boat yard’s laundry. It was a very good couple of days.

The Chin-up Fruit

The Chin-up Fruit

Grand Anse Beach

Grand Anse Beach

Wonderful clear waters

Wonderful clear waters

This guy was also enjoying the clear waters at the beach

This guy was also enjoying the clear waters at the beach

Refreshing swim

Refreshing swim

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Grand Anse

Grand Anse

Laundry day at Grenada Marine

Laundry day at Grenada Marine

6 thoughts on “Hiking and Swimming in Grenada

  1. I bet you guys were exhausted after all that! But I’m sure it was worth it to see all the beauty of the Island! The falls were beautiful!

  2. Hey you two beautiful babes; its so good to see your smilin faces. Love to see you still having the time of your lives! Grenada looks every bit as beautiful as I’ve heard it is. Good to see you’re getting in all the sites and that Cindy is able to manipulate all the trails after her knee surgeries. Yahoo! Keep up the interesting and fun travels. Love and miss you both. Giavanna

    • Hi Giavanna, Long time, no hear! Glad you are checking in on us and keeping up with our travels. We miss you also! Come see us sometime. 🙂

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