Our plans have changed a bit and now include a trip back up to the BVI to connect with our friends Wendy and Dave who are coming in for a visit. Since we have plans to visit with Skip's family in St. Croix at the end of April, we've decided to start wandering back that way and make this first pass at Guadeloupe a slow one rather than packing in ten hikes and long sails each day to try to take in the whole island in a week. It's a BIG island and if you know anything about us by now.... it's that we tend to travel s.l.o.w.l.y. and stick around places for a while.
So.... Guadeloupe at a glance. We like it!
|Putting up our Q flag in Deshaies Guadeloupe|
|Bright corals in Deshaies|
|A Peacock flounder comes to check out our anchoring job|
|Skip chases him... hoping to make him give up his camo and show his bright blue spots|
|Our bottom looks great but our prop needs a shave|
Bright flowers and all kinds of edibles grow wild along the sides of the roads here and we're salivating as we pass the mango trees with their young fruit.
Because we really wanted to see The Saints, we spent very little time ashore on Guadeloupe during this visit. It's the biggest island in the Eastern Caribbean so there's a lot to see and we'll stop again on our way south.
|We had big seas and high winds on our way from Pigeon Island to The Saints|
|Looking back toward Guadeloupe once we come into the lee of The Saints.|
Friends Tim and Nancy on s/v Larus had even less time than we did to spend in Guadeloupe before heading off to Martinique to meet with friends. We'll look for them down island in a few months... but here's their pretty boat sailing off from The Saints.
|Fair winds Larus....|
|Locked out of Fort Napolean|
|The Star Clipper cruise ship parks right in the middle... no need to worry about moorings or crowds|
|We had Mahi envy watching this fisherman slice up his catch|
|More than a little run down - but charming still.|
|The fishing boats are brightly colored too|
|My favorite photo from the day - a break from all those bright colors|