Our mooring this second time placed us squarely in front of the Rain Forest Hide-Away restaurant, reported to offer the very best dining experience in the entire Caribbean. We planned to give it a try the next evening.
We were relaxing in the cockpit on our second day in Marigot when Jane said to me “Steve, why are those people in that dinghy pointing at us?” I looked over on her side, and sure enough, three people in a dinghy were staring at us and talking. Next thing, they were alongside, and the man, in a Scandinavian accented voice said, “Is this Ocean Angel?” Yes it is, I answered. “Is this the Ocean Angel I have been emailing with for the last few years?” It could be, I said. “Is this the Ocean Angel I wrote to about replacing the keel bolts?” he said. The light dawned, and smiles erupted all around!
For the past three years I had been corresponding with a Norwegian man who had purchased a First 42, and he was re-fitting her for ocean sailing. He once wrote that when the boat was ready, he wanted to sail her to the Caribbean, and perhaps one day we might meet. Well, here we all were, moored within a few feet of each other. Per Arne and Lone Skjeggestad, and their foster son, Alexander. Had we been a day or perhaps hours later, we might not have met as they were heading up to Rodney bay marina. We agreed to meet them in just a few days to spend some time getting to know each other.
After an extraordinary meal at the Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant that evening, we ventured off the next morning on an island tour that Michael had arranged for the six of us with Paul Sonny. We visited the dormant volcano Soufriere, the botanical gardens, Diamond Falls, a Cassava bread bakery, and we had a sumptuous lunch at Dasheen restaurant where we happened to be seated at a table next to the owner of the Ladeera resort. She was talking with Jane, and she wanted to be certain we were enjoying our lunch at the resort. Unbeknownst to us, she made arrangements with her staff to have a golf cart brought right up to the rear door so that Joy would not have to walk all the way back down the many stairs to exit the restaurant. What a very full and wonderful day we had.
On the way back to the boats we asked Paul, our tour driver, if he would stop at the top of the hill leading down to the harbor for us to take a few photos. Though we could not find the perfect spot, this photo shows you why we love Marigot.