Bequia

After a hearty breakfast, we dinghied into town to check out the sites and find a ride to the turtle sanctuary.

Dinghy ride past the cave

Cave entrance is on the left

The schooner Friendship Rose is supposedly the last Bequia schooner to be built using only hand tools.  She was purchased by a British couple in 2004 and they started offering tourists day cruises to Mustique and Tobago Cays later that winter season.  You can read more about her here.

Friendship Rose

We walked a little about town just doing some sight seeing.

Vendors selling food

Customs and Immigration on the left, Bayshore Mall on the right

Local Lounge

Anna Marie checking out the local smoothie joint

Which smoothie do you recommend?

After enjoying some cold drinks, we found a cabbie, Doc, to take us to The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary.  The owner and founder of this facility, Orton King, started the sanctuary over 20 years ago in an attempt to help the Hawksbill Sea Turtle have a chance to overcome the odds against their continued existence.  He is passionate about his mission and very interesting to chat with.

Doc driving us to the turtle sanctuary (he used to dive with Orton King)

Don’t miss the turn

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary

These turtles will be released when they reach the age of three

Turtle Dance YouTube play

Doc took us back to town where we took a stroll before heading back to the boat to enjoy another beautiful sunset.

Let’s go this way!

Saint Mary The Virgin Church (the Flamboyant Tree is one of my favorites)

Inside Saint Mary The Virgin

Really cool water canisters inside the local Sotheby’s real estate office

 

Anna Marie chose her shorts wisely today

Sunset in Admiralty Bay

The next day we headed off to do a hike to Peggy’s Rock.  It was supposed to be a 45 minute hike, but that was before the road that led to the trail was washed out.  Not sure how long ago that was, but from the look of the road, it was at least a couple years ago.

We hopped in the back of Ricky Ricardo’s taxi, and sped off to do some hiking!

On our way to the Peggy’s Rock Trail

Here we go!

The infamous Ricky Ricardo of Bequai!

We were hoping to get an early start so we wouldn’t be hiking in the heat of the high sun.  The best we were able to do was get here by about 10:45, but off we went.

Looking up near the start of the washed out road

Looking down

These folks must have a tough time getting the groceries to the house!

Nice view of the airport

and the town below

This was about three quarters of the way up

There were quite a number of difficult sections. Good thing we were wearing our mountain climbing flip flops!

The 360° view from the top made it well worth the effort.  All in all, it took us about an hour and a half each way.  I’m sure we could have done it a bit faster if Anna Marie and I were wearing the proper footwear, but nothing mattered once we got to the top.

Stunning view of Admiralty Bay

We trucked back down (which was harder in flip flops than the way up), and started looking for a place to eat.

No, not that one

Nor that one

This one!

We sat down and waited, and waited, and waited.  Finally, the gentleman at the table next to us got up and rounded up some servers to wait on us.  Daniel asked him if he was the owner, and he said yes.  A conversation ensued and this gentleman turned out to be a fine man.  The former Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  You can read all about him in Anna Marie’s posting The Prime Minister.

 

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