It's so nice to be home! After unpacking and re-acclimating to the island time, (one hour earlier than EST) we got back into live-aboard mode. We had the boat detailed while we were gone, and Sun, our detailing guy, did a fabulous job. The water was beading up everywhere after the rain last night. We spent a bit of the morning wiping down the boat, and Equinox looks fabulous, gleaming and lovely! We got her back in living order -- putting chairs back out on the aft cockpit, getting the sun shades back up, getting the bicycle trainer set up on the flybridge, making water, and doing other small boat chores.
We then went on a walk/hike up the hillside behind the marina, following the steeply pitched road up Pigeon Pea Hill. The greater part of the hills here in St. Martin are very dry, with huge fissured rocks and covered low tough scrub. The hill apparently got its name from the amount of pigeon peas that were grown here; the main crops for many years in the past were pigeon peas, corn or maize, and sweet potatoes. Pigeon peas here are tall, shrubby plants, with lots of long pods hanging from them.
|Ron at work, doing his usual wipe down of the boat|
|Part of the road heading up. It doesn't adequately show the steep incline!|
|One of the numerous goat tracks heading up the hill off road.|
|Profusion of flowers along the road. That's Ron|
hightailing it down the road ahead of me.
|Fruit tarts and chocolate pasteries of all imagination!|
|Row upon row!|
|Not to mention fabulous bread, right out of the oven|