It had been a cloudy rainy day, so I was hoping the weather could clear in
time for the three hour catamaran ride back to our cruise ship the Star Princess. St. Lucia
had been having an extremely wet dry season and this day mother nature was taking out
her full vengeance on us .
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Driving into the town of Soufriere, the first capital of , our view of the Pitons had been almost totally obstructed by low lying dense
clouds. An otherwise beautiful view turned into little more than a cloudy non view. Although I did get one photo of the Pitons, the full
magnitude of them could not be realized.We were not to be disappointed, just in time for our boat ride the weather
began to clear. The sun had been lurking behind a cloud all day but it suddenly appeared from it’s self imposed exile and a
beautiful afternoon was soon to be realized. Leaving the harbor , It was
obvious why this was such a beautiful island.
St. Lucia is a volcanic island and thus has an extraordinary coast line, many rock formations dot it’s coast line creating a landscape not unlike seen in some of the Kentucky Lakes, only with the added benefit of beautiful ocean waters
Half way through our ride, it was time for the promised swim in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The beauty of the island was soon interrupted by two men paddling to our catamaran in a small home made kayak. Where did these guys come from? Undaunted, they paddled up to the back of our boat and began displaying their wares on the back of the boat. I’ve never seen that before!
Because of their humor and wit, several sales were soon realized. Seizing on a photo op, I decided to take a photo of them.One of the men proclaimed,”If you don’t buy anything, you can’t take my picture.” Realizing he had made a valid point, I made a contribution to stimulate the local economy. I see capitalism has reached this tiny island.
Soon we were on our way back to the ship, with the much promised free rum punch. Being one to never let a good opportunity go to waste, this was a perfect time to try the local beer, Piton, named after the famous volcanic peaks that dot the southern landscape of this tiny island country. Settling back and relaxing in the back of the catamaran, it was a very enjoyable and recommendable ride back to our floating restaurant docked in the harbor at Castries.
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He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
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