Off to Grand Anse

After a few hours sleep back on the boat, we took the the roads again for a drive to the west coast, and for a change of pace decided to wander along some of the back roads! With no particular place in mind we just drove along, stopped where we wanted, enjoying the countryside, and finally reached Grand Anse, right down on the shore where we struggled to find a parking spot. All our favorite spots were filled. But we persevered; Scott and I let the girls out near the waterfront, and we maneuvered the car up a rough dirt track to a spot on a cliff alongside many others. No fee.

Why like this?
Why like this?

As we walked along the boardwalk (concrete) Scott and Brenda asked why the dinghies were tied as you see them; as the tide comes in, if the dinghies were allowed to float free at low tide, they’d surely end up under the dock, crushed and under water. Thus sailors tie their cars up tight at high tide, letting them dangle at low. Makes sense, right?

Lunch at Grand Anse
Lunch at Grand Anse

Scott and I took the recommendation of our server and ordered an unfamiliar fish. Lots of work, and after the fact we decided really not worth the effort, even though it was very tasty and crisp. After lunch we cruised along the south shore for a magnificent view of Diamond Rock before heading back to the boat.

Diamond Rock just Offshore
Diamond Rock just Offshore

As you may remember, sailing between the rock and the shore can be very rough if the wind is up and the tide is against it. We’ve made this passage before.

From here we drove back to Marin where we returned the car, then cleared out with Customs to be ready for the return to St. Lucia in the morning.

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