|Dreamtime goes to Grenada
After our stay in Carricou, it was time to head down to Grenada. It was a brisk and wonderful
sail, especially nice that Kick-em Jenny, the underwater volcano at the northern tip of the island
didn't give us much of a problem. We also caught-up to and passed a 50' catamaran while we
were both under sail, which is the greatest feat in Morgan 33 OI sailing history! We thought
about stopping along the western coast of the island but opted for heading around the southern
tip to Prickly Bay. Had a time of it heading east into wind and choppy seas but some artful
tacking got us there just fine.
It was another one of those "small world" moments as the first boat we see as we arrive is
'Alleluiah' with Tito and Roberta onboard. Hadn't seen them since Georgetown in '02, so it was
great catching up with them.
Meanwhile, we get an invite from Lioness III to join them and about 20 of their friends for an
all-day island tour - for a mere $10US, you bet we will... onwards to the spice processing plant,
where the nutmeg is separated into it's components and dried, culled and packaged for
shipment to places like McCormick's and Shilling, for further processing.
|Mace, the lace-like inner
covering of the nutmeg
|The Grenada Chocolate Factory
|6/26/2006 through 8/31/2006
Took a tour of the Rivers Rum Distillery where the "old" ways still hold sway. A waterwheel is
used to power the grinder which pulverizes the sugar cane in preparation for boiling and
extraction. Wood, mostly hardwood grown on the estate is used to fire the boilers. Very
interesting, but the rum is "iron jack" style - real rotgut, white lightening stuff.
A tour of Grenada wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Chocolate Factory, which is
organically run using solar power for suplemental energy. The chocolate is excellent, in fact it
was as good as the rum was bad. They made 2 blends, 60% and 71% pure chocolate. The
60% had a bit more sugar. We found both delicious, however, the 60% was a better choice for
dessert with brandy. The Mona monkeys come out for handouts as we drive back towards
Prickly Bay. The Annadale Falls rounds out a very long day. Wonderful natural scenery.
|Mona monkeys living in the wild
|Sugar Cane being crushed
for the Rum Distillery
|A look at the local herbs &
Had the crews from 'Scott Free', 'Casa del Mar', 'Que Rico', and 'My Lady Kathleen' in town for
the carnival. We were invited down to share their 2nd floor "hospitality" headquarters at the
Tropicana Inn, right down on Lagoon road. It was great fun to watch the big costume parade
and enjoy the beautiful eats.