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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nevis Departure

So one of the reasons we headed to Nevis was to hike with Chris and a group of hikers that hit the slopes every Thursday morning.

It was a rather leisurely hike, but very humid - Florida humid. Ick. This was also not a quiet hike, as lots of huge leaves were on the ground, crunching as we walked.

Not only did we have a fun bunch of people from all over the world, but we had a couple that lived nearby that knew a lot of the history or the ruins we were seeing.

This is a very, very old watering pit for the cattle that were brought in to run the sugar mill equipment before the steam entered the picture.

There were a number of old cattle pens too. It was odd to walk on old roads (1800s, I think), knowing that slaves had once walked the same paths. I was quite enjoying the fact that we didn't have to worry about snakes like home when a guy in front of us saw a baby tarantula creeping across the trail. Oh yeah, I forgot they have those here. I only have a blurry photo, but you know what a tarantula looks like.

That was a great way to start the morning. Thanks Chris! It wasn't long before it was time to catch the ferry back to St. Kitts. Here you can see how close the islands are (St Kitts left/Nevis right).

Notice how the west side of St. Kitts is lush, and the east side is all brown. There's rainforest on one side, and cacti and beaches on the other. Strange, but what we like about it here.

And then we were back.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nevis Arrival

Thanks to Island Babble, I've met a lot of people. Some have been readers, some have been people I've met through readers. We headed to Nevis thanks to the latter fix-up (thanks Nancy & Ron!). We've been to Nevis a few times, the last time I even did a tour, but this time we had a chance to see the island through the eyes of someone who lived there, so headed over. We've always taken the Seabridge ferry because we always needed a car, but this time we caught it from Basseterre. The ferries that run between Basseterre and Charlestown are more likely to run on schedule as well. It's EC$25 (about US$10) + EC$1 for the port tax, so not too bad. The trip takes about an hour.

We're here!

Now if Michael the passenger would remember to get in on the left side of the car...

My favorite place on Nevis is Golden Rock. The property is so lush and looks so natural, but if you really look you can see how much work has gone into the landscaping. Plus the mix of old and modern is just up my alley. Michael's only been here as a take-off point to hike to The Source, so it was worth a redo so he could see the whole place too.

I took better pictures on my last visit, so if you just can't get enough, you can click here.  And is this not the nicest handwriting?

Then we just sort of drove around as Chris, our host, told us island stories - she's lived on Nevis a long time. Of course, she knew the one place we could get a vegetarian roti.

We did stop to get a drink at the Nisbet Plantation, and although I'd been there before, I had never seen its great pool.

Once back on the road, we could see that this island's building-height restriction of 2 stories was also being violated. Hrmph.

I have to admit the Hamilton development was rather nice, with a quiet beach,and a nice view of St. Kitts.

We also went to the island's only drive-through. You'll note that this simply means that you drive in, place your order, park, and then go in and get your order. It's not quite McDonald's, but perhaps that's a good thing.

From Nevis you can see Redonda and Montserrat (and Antigua, as you come around the island). You'll note we flew very close to Redonda and Montserrat once, sailed there, and Ben has been to Montserrat too. I highly recommend it.

Then we headed to Chris's house, and I thought it was cool how the driveway was designed to handle the occasional deluge of rain by funneling the water under the cement.

The sunset was pretty.

Plus Michael made a friend.

I did too.