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).
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.
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.
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.
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.