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Saint Kitts and Nevis Travel Blog

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It's been over a year since this trip was taken, and I forgot to add the last day!  Ugh....school controls my life sometime.  No worries though, I've got all summer in Philadelphia to get caught up on all my traveling!  Anyways...

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....Our last day in the Caribbean would see us return to the country of St. Kitts and Nevis.  This time, we'd be returning on the southern side...in Nevis.  First of all....the ship, as small as it was, couldn't even dock at the shore, so we were ferried from the boat to the shore early in the morning.  We had heard that there was a hiking trail deep into the mountain, so we found a cab as soon as we landed on shore.  The cab took us downtown and up around the outlying villages.
Hiking sticks
  When the road ended, so did the ride.  It felt like the Caribbean version of Into the Wild...minus the fact that there were 7 others with me, haha.  And I didn't have a sweet beard.

Anyways, the trek started off with a full supply of water, snacks, and a burden of a backpack to carry around.  I felt ready for an excursion unlike any other.  It started off pretty easy...wide, graveled paths at the foot of the mountain.....trailing off into muddy, grassy terrain that got narrower.  Then we saw monkeys.  Yeah....no big deal.  Just some monkeys hanging out....so that was cool.  First time seeing 'wild' monkeys, haha.  So, the trip continued up the mountain.
Hiking up the mountain
..stopping here and there to take pictures, observe the wildlife, breathe fresh air.  No....really breathe the air.  We were all from Atlanta, so it was a luxury to be able to go somewhere so natural and just breathe.  It felt sooooo refreshing.

As the trail continued, it became steeper, with less width between mountain and cliff edge.  And this wasn't a national park we were at, so there wasn't exactly any kind of safety precaution taken to ensure our safety.  So, naturally, we felt a little unsafe as we trekked over boulders taller than we were and tree roots thicker than our waists.  The scenery was worth it though.  The weight on my back was worth it.  Spurt of the moment spring break plans, not knowing what I was getting myself into, culminated to this hike.
Monkey??
...and made it all worth it.  We paused here and there to snap a few pictures, eat a few snacks.  The final desination was within a few rope pulls, up and over the steepest terrain we had yet seen.

When we finally reached the end of the trail, a huge ladder and waterfall (the ladder was huge, not the waterfall, haha) were waiting for us.  We trekked up the huge, unsafe, rusting ladder, and found, to our pleasure, the source.  The source of all the water we had seen along the way, started in a pool, no larger than an a pool you'd have in your backyard.  It was crystal clear and probably potable, though I didn't find out.  After our stay at the source, we decided it was time to head back down the mountain to make sure we could catch a cab at the base of it.
And we made it! Look at the size of that ladder
  Doesn't the trip back always seem shorter?  Well, that was definitely the case this time as well....we were gliding down the mountain!  Gliding as much as you can with a backpack and people in front of and behind you on a foot wide path around the mountain. 

At the bottom, we thankfully found a cab that took us back to the dock.  There was still daylight, so we didn't wanna call it a day yet and retire to our boat, so we stopped at a nearby cafe and had dinner.  I couldn't believe it when I saw ESPN on TV.  I couldn't believe it when I saw a TV for that matter, haha.  I refrained from watching it, though.  We were on vacation, in the Caribbean, and that was the last thing I wanted to see. 

After waiting patiently on the dock for the ferry to arrive, we were taken back to the boat and greeted by the ship 'captain' as we made our way up to the rooms.
And they're off!
  He told us there would be crab races later that night, so that peaked our interest.  Crab races....seriously?  On a boat?  And people put money on it!  We went out to the aft deck around 10 and found a crowd of about 50 people around this sidewalk chalk-drawn circle track.  The track, as it turned out, consisted of the middle of the circle (starting line), and the edge of the circle (finish line), where the winning crab would be the first out.  This was hysterical!  And people put down as much as $50 on crabs!  I'd hope they were a little buzzed by that point, but you never know.... some people will bet on anything.  And there were strict rules.  Try to assist or hinder a crab's movement in any way, and you got squirted by the captain with saltwater.
Our boat from the shore
  Not a pleasant sight for some people...I couldn't tell you the name of the crab that won, but I could tell you that a crab almost perished because of the antics of the lady in the video.  Yeah....you definitely know which one I'm talking about, haha.


After the races (that sounds so weird to say on a boat), the party didn't stop.  The DJ was back, the steel drums were out, and we were ready to party hard on our last night in the Caribbean.  Tomorrow we would be arriving back in St. Maarten and headed back to the U, S, and A.  I don't really have much to say about this part forward, because I don't exactly remember much after the races.  But I know I had a great time, as did everyone else.  Just a bunch of friends enjoying time away from school on spring break together. 

Isn't that what it's supposed to all be about?    What a great trip.  Here's hoping I get lucky again next spring break!
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Nevis
Nevis
Hiking sticks
Hiking sticks
Hiking up the mountain
Hiking up the mountain
Monkey??
Monkey??
And we made it!  Look at the size …
And we made it! Look at the size…
And theyre off!
And they're off!
Our boat from the shore
Our boat from the shore
The group
The group
VERY wide at the beginning
VERY wide at the beginning
The ferry
The ferry
Taking a little break
Taking a little break
The trail gets narrower and narrow…
The trail gets narrower and narro…
Good view of the ocean from high up
Good view of the ocean from high up
Closer and closer...
Closer and closer...
The ropes were a nice touch
The ropes were a nice touch
Our captain, our commentator, our …
Our captain, our commentator, our…
3 heats...top 3 facing off in the …
3 heats...top 3 facing off in the…
Intense!
Intense!
Too intense!
Too intense!