A walk on Union Island
Date 2359 - 31 January 2011
We had a really good sail on the wind back to
Rather than sail round the Island to
Monday morning saw us ashore and off up the hill. Our first treat was spotting a tortoise crossing the path. By the time that the camera had been extracted there was a little camouflage in the way:
The track is definitely 4 wheel drive only and is new since our visit in 2002 which explains the number of bars and food shacks that have sprung up. There is even a small resort in the making – progress but at a price.
Having got to the concrete road the rest of the climb over the central ridge was easier and gave wonderful views over the island:
And north to the Tobago Cays:
Walking down the hillside towards Ashton we encountered the ubiquitous “bus” that took us all the way into Clifton where we cleared Customs and Immigration for St Vincent and managed some “light” fruit and veg shopping before the same bus, this time in taxi mode, took us all the way back to the road head and track down to Chatham.
Scrubbing the boat’s bottom is likely to become a regular chore as the European standard antifouling (most elements judged harmful and that used to make it work removed) fails to cope with tropical growth. In full dive mode, two tanks of air saw the rudder, keel and propeller clear of weed and barnacles. Tomorrow having filled the tanks – the compressor is very useful but also very noisy – I will endeavour to complete the job before the weed starts to grow on the bits that I have done.