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St Vincent – Blue Lagoon, La Soufriere the Mesopotamia Valley

Blue Lagoon – not sure how it got its name – the water was not all THAT Blue – but a lovely bay where Moorings/Sunsail has a base for their boats. St Vincent is suddenly a very “sophisticated” and much bigger island amongst the previous little once we have seen! Still not a patch to Grenada! The impressive big Villas that we have seen here apparently belong mostly to locals! I still cannot figure it out…this is not the wealthiest of Islands and yet…somehow there are a lot of those big houses around!
We had to get some “reparations” done here because the agents for most of the equipment that failed (like the fish finder and wind indicator) are available here (and thankfully still under warranty). The Island tour was interesting in that they have very fertile soil and has huge banana and coconut plantations around. The beaches are all seamed with BLACK sand – due to the volcano ashes and less pretty.
My memories of St Vincent will certainly always take me back to one of the most challenging hikes / expeditions I have ever undertaken! The visit to La Soufrière Volcano!

Some History and background Info: La Soufrière “The Sulfurer” is an active stratovolcano on St Vincent with the crater lake La Soufrière . At 1,234 m (4,049 ft) it violently erupted in 1718, 1812, 1902, 1971, and 1979. The eruption of May 7, 1902, just hours before the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique, killed 1,680 people. The death zone, where almost all persons were killed, was close to entirely Carib. (Destroying this last large remnant of Carib culture!)
The last recorded eruption was in April 1979; ….. the eruption did not result in any casualties or any mayor damage other than leaving a mess of black ashes spread over hundreds of kilometres! (By the way : many volcanoes in the Caribbean are named Soufrière (French: “sulphur outlet”) – like Soufrière Hills on Montserrat and La Grande Soufrière on Guadeloupe.)

Reaching the top of this 4,000-foot active volcano requires a 3hour hike through the rainforest and it was steep and humid and energy drenching…but worth the trouble!
The Soufriere Volcano was a tough spirit breaking hike …but very much worth all the effort, pain and dysfunctional limbs up to two days after the hike! I am still suffering of uncommitted muscles that has lost their memory of proper functions allocated to them by the brain prior to this episode!
It was AWSOME!! Please make sure to do this whenever you have the time and opportunity to do so…you can take it easy – but travel light and only take a small water bottle and some energy bars along – and make sure you get a walking stick made with a machete by the tour guide!! It is worth having all the assistance you need!
Buried in between two mountains is the fertile Mesopotamia Valley! Kilometres of Banana and Coconut plantations and a lot of Bread fruit trees in that area! We had the most amazing sweet bananas! I have never thought that they can be so nice…do we have them (as sweet) in Australia…?
The photo’s:
La Soufriere – St Vincent

St Vincent – Country Side

Blue lagoon

Bequia….a short stay…a great re-union with our French Friends!

Bequia is only small and not that much different to most other islands (I found anyway!?) The beach front with all the little restaurants and shops right on the water edge is great and the walkway around them on the sea side of it will always be my first thought of Bequia! There were also places (Towns and Villages that has very familiar names from places in South Africa (Pretoria, Port Elizabeth etc) and Mackay in Australia ( Paget, Mt Pleasant etc) that is known to us!
We were fortunate to meet our French friends (from ST Helena) here after having had only internet contact since then! Florent and kie – thanks for keeping in touch! You are quite an inspiration to all of us – sailing around in LAFKO all the way from Malaysia around the South African coast to St Helena and now here – with many hairy stopovers on the way!! A great bunch of youngsters!
We will see them again – I can feel it in my bones!
Bon Voyage Lafko!