|Sobers Hole - West End|
On the way from Cooper Island to Jost Van Dyke we passed through the narrow passage that separates the US Virgin Islands from the BVI. Anchored in the middle of the passage was Wind Surf – one of the two ex Club Med sailing cruise ships. They were quite the thing – 20 years ago!
|Wind Surf - ex Club Med|
While in Jost Van Dyke Kathleen and Matthew from Kinship – a boat that did the rally with us – stopped alongside and invited us to join them and Yolene and Jean from Caffe Latte – in a hike up the to the highest peak on Jost Van Dyke. It may have been the beer – it may have been the afternoon sun but somehow I agreed that we would join in the adventure the next morning. At 10 or so, Kathleen and Matthew skiffed by and said they had brought treats from the local bakery to enjoy once we reached the summit. With that, our little band of six hikers set off up the hills. Well it didn’t take me long to build into a full sweat … encouraged by Jean with his new watch that tells altitude – “we are just less than 1/3 of the way up” – I will not ask that question again! “Merrill the mountain goat“ has and never will be one of my nicknames! As we continued up the seemingly near vertical assent, we were passed by a few guys on the way back down – they confirmed that we were almost at the top …. they lied! The burn in the thigh and calf muscles was to say the least…intense!
|Tower where we touch the clouds!|
Yup – down is definitely easier than up and identifies a whole new muscle group to the hiking burn! Maryse and I headed up the back of the descent team – this gave us the opportunity to hear the goats laughing at us – apparently they think we are ill equipped to meet the challenge – I would agree!
|The laughing goat clan|
|Two headed goat????? Noooooo|
|Great Harbour Jost van Dyke|
|Ambition in the centre - from a LONG WAY AWAY!!|
|My little hiker!|
|Path ...... sort of!|
To help sooth the muscles we opted to a little snorkeling in the warm salt water at Sandy Spit … oh yes that feels good!
|My fav mermaid!|
|Sandy Spit Island|
|Maryse on Sandy Spit Island|
Played around a little with the GoPro camera underwater, with interesting results!
|Funky Go Pro pics|
|Funky Go Pro pics|
Winds were under 5 knots so after the swim, Caffe Latte and Ambition motored to Cane Garden Bay – arguably one of the prettiest beaches in the BVI. Brings back a few memories of the last time I was here 10 years ago – celebrated the wedding of my friends Benoit and Nicole on this beach!