Biking, Hiking, and Bananas

Saint Lucia Travel Blog

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Getting ready to go on our Bike Adventure - Anse LaRay

There were so many new islands and adventures on this trip, that we didn’t really know what to expect.

 

In hindsight, I’m starting to see the merit in returning to an island more than once.  I just haven’t seen everything I’d like to on each island.  There are many of the islands I’d like to get back to.  In the case of St. Lucia, I’d like to see a bit more than what we saw.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked our side trip, but next time, I’d like to explore a bit more on my own.  This was a stereotypical overcrowded “ship trip”.  I’ll admit we felt rushed through the sights.  Dan and I should just learn that we like spending time visiting and enjoying nature more than these trips allow.

Our transportation up the side of a dormant volcano.
  Saying that, please don’t get me wrong, we’re glad for the experience, we just felt “crowded”.  The cave in Barbados and the excellent trip we took in Grenada (see my Legend of the Seas blog) were the exceptions.

 

We boarded the dreaded “air conditioned tour bus” near the ship after standing in line with the hundreds of other people who booked a cruise ship side trip.  We had about a half an hour ride to Anse laRay, the fishing village that was our departure.  We strapped on helmets and got a simple little lesson in riding bikes on the “wrong” side before heading up the hill.  I won’t lie to you, the bikes weren’t in the best of shape.  They were rideable by all means, but it just wasn’t my nicely oiled bike with nice padded performance seat at home.  They had gears on the handlebars, but hadn’t been cared for in awhile.

Shops in Anse LaRay
  I consider myself to be in fairly good shape, but NO WAY was I making up some of those hills in a bike with partially-working gears.  My saving grace was that a couple of the people on the trip with us in OBVIOUSLY better shape than myself had to walk the bikes up some of the hills. 

 

Anyway, after an hour or so ride up some pretty serious hills, we got off the bikes and went for a hike for about 15 minutes.  It was a pretty easy hike by my standards.  We had to cross some shallow streams.  I had amphibious shoes, so I plodded right through instead of bothering with the stepping stones.

 

The waterfall was BEAUTIFUL and CROWDED.  Dan and I climbed about as high as your could without equipment and had around 5 minutes to enjoy it before our time was up and we needed to head back.

At the top. Now for a hike down.
  On the way back, we held up by a lady who was yelling at a guy for holding things up.  Luckily our group waited for us and we hiked back to the bikes.

 

I bought a banana.  Let me tell you, bananas fresh off the tree are NOTHING like you can get anywhere in Ohio.  You see, when you get them at even the best market in Ohio, the bananas were picked VERY green in order to survive the trip up here.  Therefore, they don’t ripen as God intended and they just lose something in the process.  The big thing to buy on St. Lucia is banana ketchup.  Sounds revolting, huh?  Me being who I am and living by the mantra “Try everything once” of course tried some, and much to my surprise, it was AWESOME!  It doesn’t have a crazy tomato-and-banana mix flavor as you’d expect, but a very nice accent.

Hiking to the waterfall.
  I wish I had purchased more.

 

Anyway, the ride down was MUCH easier.  We met the next wave of people heading through, and believe you me, I’m glad we were on the early trip because there were easily 3x the people on that trip as ours.

 

Back at the village, we turned in our bikes and had some time to look around.  Dan and I went into the church for a quick prayer and out to the docks to watch the fishermen pull in their catch.  We also had some time to explore the little shops.

 

We then got back on the motor coach and back to the ship.  We shopped around the little plaza for a bit.

Hiking to the waterfall.
  We found a place to sample local rum (which was the best on our trip, by the way) and took the water taxi over to the other area.  We picked up a patch for Dan, and a nativity.  We boarded the ship a bit before “all-aboard”, which is kind of rare for us.

 

If you made me rank the stops on this trip in order, this would probably rank lower simply because we felt rushed and crowded, which was in NO means the island’s fault.  I would really like to return now that I know a bit more about the layout of the islands.  The next time I go, you’ll find me hiking the Pitons.

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Getting ready to go on our Bike A…
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Our transportation up the side of…
Shops in Anse LaRay
Shops in Anse LaRay
At the top.  Now for a hike down.
At the top. Now for a hike down.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
Hiking to the waterfall.
A crowded but beautiful waterfall.
A crowded but beautiful waterfall.
A crowded but beautiful waterfall.
A crowded but beautiful waterfall.
I love waterfalls!
I love waterfalls!
Dan and I
Dan and I
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LOOK, a monkey eating a banana...…
Catholic church in Anse LaRay
Catholic church in Anse LaRay
Mossy rocks
Mossy rocks
Beautiful Caribbean
Beautiful Caribbean
Random chicken picture.
Random chicken picture.
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Dan and I always try to local bee…
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Remember the part in the first Pi…
The beautiful sights of St. Lucia!
The beautiful sights of St. Lucia!
Remember the part in the first Pir…
Remember the part in the first Pi…
The beautiful sights of St. Lucia!
The beautiful sights of St. Lucia!
Remember the part in the first Pir…
Remember the part in the first Pi…