The morning slipped away from us while we wandered through the Botanical Gardens, and we’d decided earlier to have lunch at La Haut Resort, a few miles back towards Rodney Bay and situated high on a mountainside overlooking Soufriere Town, the Pitons, and the Caribbean Sea beyond. Since it was a non cruise ship day, we had the restaurant entirely to ourselves and were treated to personal service from the staff. We soon engaged our waitress in conversation about her home, the island, the resort, and she of course, wanted to know all about our lifestyle. Seems we might have been a first for her, and it was a treat to have all the time in the world to get to know each other a little. This is the real St. Lucia, not the rush of the cruise ship crowds nor the affluence of the big box resort vacationers, just one on one with someone who has lived her entire life on this island.
With our perch in the sky we could see almost forever, through the gardens down to the sea and across the mountain ranges in the center of the island. What better way to lean back to enjoy a leisurely lunch with good food and good people. It’s hard to leave places like this one knowing you might well never return, so we savor every moment and have no desire to rush on to something more important or to catch another attraction on someone else’s schedule for our day. We breathe easy and try to capture all the smells, sounds, and sights around us. We love it here.
Our next day’s exploring takes us over the low causeway out to Pigeon Island National Park, once the main base of the British Navy in the Windward islands. The old base was well situated because most days, you’ll have a clear view across the sea all the way to Martinique, once home to the French naval fleet. Two arch enemies in days past sighting down their long guns at each other.
We wander the park exploring the reconstructed buildings and learning a bit more of colonial days, and at the same time facing the challenges of modern days as we carefully maneuver Joy’s scooter over the rough grounds.