March 2nd. A few circumstances “not controlled by our voluntary” had us stocked on D-8 slip, at Rodney Bay. I'll expose them:
1- get the laundry done
2- fix the toilets
3- fix the salt water pump
4- and the gimble lock on the stove
5- go to the market in Castries and buy fruits and veggies “twice”
6- paint the cracks on the wood rails of Salty Shores
7- wait for our friend Archie, who is jointing us to sail to Grenada
8- and a weather window, because it has been really windy and stormy the last 3 days.
Today, we got up at six. After clearing out and paying the bill twice, because for days we kept saying: “we are going to go today!” And went to the office close the bills and then Jim calls a few minutes later to ask if there was any problem if we stay one more day; the marina nice officers just answered: “Salty Shores, you can stay all the time you want.” Of course...
But today, we were tired of dock sailing and with Archie here we felt more that committed to do something. Yesterday, when we came back from our second adventure in Castries with the provision (soursops, plantains, pepper, local chives, celery, grape fruits, coconut water, tomatoes and cooked lamb); we checked the passage weather, the winds were calming down, it was still raining, but the voice was out: “we are going to the Pitons”.
So here we are, 10 miles of 15 to the most scenic place in the Caribbean, where the two sleeping volcanoes, one on each end of the bay, almost touch the sky. So emblematic of St. Lucia that it is name to their national beer, very good, by the way.