A Dip in The Baths
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Virgin Gorda is famous for the seaside granite rock formation known as The Baths. I'd seen picture of The Baths and knew that a trip to see the huge boulders amid pools of water was one thing I definitely wanted to do on this cruise.
Carnival Miracle docked at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) early in the morning. (It's not that great a distance between St. Thomas and Tortola. The ship essentially goes out to sea from St. Thomas and stays overnight until it is time to dock at Tortola at 7:00 a.m.) Drew, Julia, and I were making the trip over to Virgin Gorda.
The ferry, named Island Rocket, zipped out of Tortola at 8:15 a.m. The 50 minute passage over the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Virgin Gorda was rough. Several passengers became seasick. But, everyone's spirits were high as we sighted Virgin Gorda. Virgin Gorda is the second largest of the more than 50 islands that make up the BVI. (The many islands of BVI are very popular with sailing enthusiasts.)
Arriving at Virgin Gorda, the ferry docked at Spanish Town.
The group divided here. About half were planning to stay and swim, snorkle, and sun at The Baths Beach.
The trail through the Baths was an adventure. It's not extremely difficult, but you do have to keel and crouch and squeeze through some tight places among the rocks. A rope is needed to cross one rock face and there are wooden walkways at others. The trail is rocky and you need to watch those sharp boulders! I cut a toe on one boulder. Drew skinned a shoulder. But, the trail was very rewarding! You can experience the many formations, outcroppings, and pools.
I went for a swim in the Devil's Bay cove protected by looming boulders on two sides and the beach on the third. Clear water, warm, and very pleasant! I could have stayed for a while. Then a rumbling of thunder was heard. Clouds came in. I think everyone knew what that meant, but no one made an immediate dash to get out of the water. Rain drops came and people finally left the water for the beach. This did not develop into a heavy thnderstorm like we are used to at home, but the rain became steady. Time to pack it in!
The group followed a different trail from the first, but similar to it, back to the parking area. A rum punch was waiting to greet us. Julia was already back, the Baths Beach group had called it a day a few minutes before the Devil's Bay contingent had. The jitneys returned us to the Spanish Town pier and the ferry just as the rain ended! We bid farewell to Virgin Gorda as the ferry once again headed across Sir Francis Drake Channel, now bound for Tortola.