Unlike Guadeloupe to the north and Dominica to the south, Marie Galante is flat. Very flat. At least it looks flat until you start hiking around it.
|Flat Marie Galante in the distance, as seen from Saralane on passage from Guadeloupe to Dominica|
Saint Louis is only a few blocks in either direction so after strolling around here we headed off along the shore and into the hilly farmland for a hike.
|Clockwise from top L: wooded path with spider lilies, Anse de Mays, cart with cut sugar cane, bull and shed|
|Bulls and cows were in the fields and along the roads|
|Land shaped by hand, no machines at this farm|
|Almost looks like autumn|
We're day sailing our way north to catch up with friends and family in the USVI... sailing downwind each day is VERY NICE. We sail up the coast of Guadeloupe, then to Monserrat, St Kitts and St Martin on our way to the Virgins.
|A ferry load of people arrives in the Saintes as we do.|
|Sunset in Petit Anse, Guadeloupe|
|John H is first in line at the dinghy dock in Deshaies|
|Ash flow reaching to the water's edge|
|Ruins of Plymouth|
|A haze of sulfur over the deserted town|
|Perspective on just how much ash covered the town...there's a multistory building on the left, but only a roof visible on the right.|
No question about dinner that night. Next day we left early for St Kitts and....
|I'm getting good at this. Practice, practice.|
.... tuna for dinner again. Ho hum.... more fresh tuna.
We had other visitors on the way to St Kitts too, both welcome and unwelcome. Birds were everywhere - always a good sign - and they were very interested in our lure. We debated bringing the line in so as not to tempt them, but they were smarter than the fish and opted not to take a bite.
|Diving bird - Monserrat still visible through the haze|
|Harnessed in and scrubbing the inky deck. A couple of squid bodies are in the foreground|
|Aura around the sun at midday|
|This barracuda liked the green lure|
|In case you can't see his TEETH in the first shot|
|Skip brings up a treasure|
|Starfish were everywhere....|
|This wasn't our cart, but it could have been. Confit de Canard!!|
|John and Fran from Kia Ora. John checks out Skip's senior citizens card for the USVI|