St. Lucia ~ Katelyn

When we arrived in St. Lucia around lunch time, we headed into Rodney Bay Marina.  We heard from Britican that there was a pool with lots of restaurants around it. All the kids swam in the pool. The adults went to go have drinks for a while, and then we decided to walk around town. We found a nice place to eat and got some cheeseburgers with dessert. The adults insisted on going to another bar, and we found one that was doing Karaoke. The kids did a few songs, and then we played on this big playground right next door. It was the first playground with a seesaw, merry-go-round, and more than three slides. We had an awesome time running around. 

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Sunset at Rodney Bay

The next day, Simon wanted to go to Marigot Bay. It was his birthday, so we did whatever he wanted. All the kids came on Rondo for the short trip. When we got back, I decided to make Simon cookies for his birthday. Katie Grace and Sienna wanted to help, so we made double chocolate chip cookies. When we were done, we headed into Marigo Bay Resort. Rodney Bay was supposed to have a nice pool, Marigo Bay was supposed to have an even nicer one. We all swam in the pool with the adults and played monkey in the middle. We enjoyed some milkshakes in celebration of Simon. Later that night, the adults went to go have dinner while the kids stayed on the boat. When the adults got back, we had cake and cookies and played twister on the trampoline. The twister game evolved into a pushing and throwing people in the water. Everyone but me and the moms got wet. 

The next day we stayed in Marigot Bay. We swam at the resort and got ice cream. We went to Rodney Bay after that. We saw an inflatable obstacle course like the one in St. Kitts. All the kids and my mom headed out to go do some obstacles. It was much bigger than the one in St. Kitts, so we had a lot more fun. The only thing we did not like, was that we had to wear life jackets. We did obstacles like the blob, rope wall, trampoline, swinging across, monkey bars, etc. We had a blast.

IMG_8666We stayed in Rodney Bay and Marigot back and forth just relaxing in the pools. We wanted something else to do, so we decided to climb the Petit Piton. Most locals said it was a hard hike that we needed a guide for, but do-able. Some locals said it was impossible and that only the best could do it. So, my dad asked a guy that worked on our boat to be our guide. He told my dad that it was a hard hike and that he did not think that I could do it. I didn’t really want to do it either, so Ansley said she would take me, Katie Grace, and Sienna to rent a car and go see the island. 

While we went to rent a car, the Piton group had an accident with Simon’s camera. His water bottle opened in his backpack and ruined his nice camera, so he was too upset to go. It was now only Michael, Heyward, Little Heyward, my mom, my dad, and our friend Douwe. The girls got a small car and headed toward the city. It was very crowded. We had Subway for lunch and then headed out for the waterfalls and hot springs of St. Lucia. The waterfalls were very nice, and the hot springs were fun to swim in. We also saw a botanical garden with tons of different types of plants that grow on the island. It was beautiful. 

On the way back, we stopped at a viewing point to look at the two pitons. One gradual grassy piton, and one tall, steep, rocky piton. Guess witch one they were climbing. On the way back we turned a corner and I’m not sure what happened, but the car fell sideways in a ditch. It was very sudden. Everyone was freaking out except for Ansley. We got out of the car ( which was kind of hard since it was sideways), and these very nice people offered to let us borrow their phone. We called the car rental place, and they picked us up and dropped us off at Marigot Bay.

We went out for dinner, and my mom dropped our credit card in between to planks of wood on the floor. We joked about how each family had bad luck that day, camera, car, and credit card. They also all started with a “c.” We stayed there a couple more days, and then we headed out with Britican to St. Vincent. Pura Vida had to stay behind to pick up someone and to finish settling the rental car accident.

Martinique ~ Katelyn

After we left Dominica, we headed towards our second French island, Martinique. After Guadeloupe, we were really craving more chocolate croissants, muffins, baguettes, and donuts. We could not wait for more sweets. 

When we got close to the harbor, at least one hundred dolphins greeted us. We had never seen so many dolphins in our lives. The dolphins, apparently, were very popular in Martinique. We even saw a video from our friends aboard Vela of dolphins doing flips. We did not see them flip, but we did see them jump super high in the air. Once we got into the bay, we had a hard time finding a place to anchor. We found a place and got settled while my dad went to go check the anchor. We anchored on sea grass, so we had to redo the anchor. We anchored right behind Pura Vida, and they checked our anchor for us. While getting ready to go snorkeling, we heard a rumor that a teenaged boy was in the anchorage.  Unfortunately, we didn’t know what boat he was on, so we went ahead and snorkeled. Katie Grace, Sienna, and I didn’t feel like snorkeling, so we stayed on Rondo with Ansley and my mom. We liked jumping off the front of the boat and swimming in between the two hulls, so we did that a lot. When the boys came back, we saw a dinghy that looked like there was a teen in it. We waved them over, and Michael and he jumped off the boat and swung on the gung gung swing. While they were there, we decided that we would all go out for dinner. The boys went out to go fishing before dinner. 

While in town, we thought it looked much spookier at night than during the day. There were some people dressed in black and wearing coats. We are in the Caribbean! Its never cold! When we found a restaurant, we got a big table and ordered our food. Michael was feeling exotic and got shark fin. The parents found a soda called loco cola and ordered it for all the kids. It was too late before they realized they got coca cola for everyone. We were all energized and crazy (especially Sienna who had never had coke before – she was super crazy). We had a fun night at the restaurant and then headed home for bed. 

Next day, we needed to stock up on groceries. We went into town with everyone and got chocolate croissants and donuts and juice ( no dessert for me that night), and then we went to look for a rental car place. It was taking forever, so the moms took us out for ice cream while the dads rented a car (YAY MORE SWEETS). Once the dads got the car, we headed out for the great mall of Martinique. We stopped by a marine store for us to get a new fishing net. Lucky for the kids, there were roller skates that you could try on. We all got a pair and roller skated around the shop. After spending an hour there, we were getting hungry ( the kids weren’t since we just had ice cream), so the adults let the kids pick where to go. The majority rules, so we went to McDonalds (at that point, I was about to cry so we could go somewhere else – I hate McDonalds).  While we were at “McDonalds,” I ate a happy meal – it tasted like plastic. I got cheap binoculars, so apparently, I got plastic toys and plastic food. Once we were done, we went to the mall to get groceries. The grocery store was the biggest I have ever seen in my life ( though a quarter of it was wine). They had tons of different food and anything you could possibly need. After we got all our stuff, we headed back towards the boat. It took a long time to get back because the traffic was unbelievable. We loaded all the stuff into the dinghy and went back for a rest night. The next day, we went to go get our breakfast in the bakery then headed out for St. Lucia. 

Dominica ~ Michael

 After Ile Des Saintes, we traveled to Dominica. We were just passing Terre de Haut when we started fishing. I let out the line and a minute later we hooked a tuna.  We brought it in and put it in the bucket. That night we invited everyone over for sushi rolls. While we were eating sushi, a man on a paddle board came by and sold us some small rock hard mangoes. We only bought them because he looked like he could use help.

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We caught our first edible tuna on our way to Dominica. We made sushi rolls that were

The next day we met a boat called Love and Luck which had 3 kids aboard. We met them on a beach and were having fun until a 40-year-old man offered us weed and went on and on about his weed. He was attracted to the older girl that lived on Love and Luck. He sang a song to her and asked her parents if he could live with her. The dad said no and they left. After they quickly left, he asked us if he had a chance with her. We were worried he would swim to our boat the whole day.

The next day we took a tour throughout Dominica. We went through a river that made a crack in the ground (a gorge where they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean).  It was very pretty. It was not worth a tour guide because all he showed us was how we could walk under the small waterfall. After that, we got scammed at a restaurant with each meal costing $20. They did not give us menus, which was unfair. We visited other stuff too, like a natural hot tub, a hot water stream, and volcanic steam vents. Everyone did not enjoy the end because they were upset that they got scammed. After that scam, we decided we didn’t like the island and left quickly.

Guadeloupe ~ Katelyn

We left Antigua in the early morning. The sea was a little rolly, but the wind was perfect for sailing. The day before, Michael and Simon (Simon is from Britican) wanted to compete to see who could catch the most fish. Michael was so excited to beat Simon that he let the rods out and monitored them constantly. Every second the line would go zzzzzzzzzzzzz, and Michael would reel it in only to catch seaweed. Unfortunately, Simon got lucky and was able to catch a mahi-mahi (it was mostly Doewe). Rondo did not catch one fish that day. 

We came into Guadeloupe early afternoon. It was our first French island! Croissants! Baguettes! That was what I was thinking in my head as we came into Guadeloupe. I had an idea of what my mom was thinking. Wine! Wine! Wine! We grabbed a mooring ball while our friends on Britican tried to anchor. When they finally saw no good spots they came to a mooring ball super close to us. The mooring balls were different in the French islands though, so it was harder to get tied off. To tie off, you actually had to lift the mooring ball up. Once you got the mooring ball up, there was a metal ring on top that you had to stick the lines through. We had a difficult time getting tied off because of this. 

After that, Pura Vida came by to say hello and Britican swam over to Rondo and had drinks while Michael, Sienna, and I played inside. That night, we met up with our friends from Pura Vida, Britican, and Carpe Ventum on Rondo. We had a potluck with barracuda, lion fish, and chicken. I was too scared to try the barracuda, but the lion fish was amazing.

The next day, we stopped by a bakery that Pura Vida told us was good. They served all different types of cake, bread, croissants, etc. I got two chocolate croissants and a muffin. It was the sweetest thing I have ever had for breakfast. I couldn’t even finish everything. We met up with another kid boat there, and all of the kids went to the dock to swim. Doewe dropped us off, and Sienna begged him to give her ten dollars. Eventually, he gave in, but we had to pay him back. All the girls and Heyward went off to the gas station to buy some candy. We bought two bags of sour gummy worms and two bags of non-sour gummy bears. We all walked to the bakery and ate our candy.    Later, we swam some more, and when the day was almost over, we were picked up by our parents and taken home.

The next day, we ate a bakery breakfast, again, and then we met up with Britican and Pura Vida to rent cars and go on a hike to a cool waterfall. All the girls rode in one car while the boys rode in another. Once we got there, we had to go behind this really creepy house to get to the trail. It was a steep downhill trail the whole way. It was soooooo muddy. Lots of people (mainly little Heyward) fell and got themselves muddy. It was so muddy that it was slippery. We had to hold on to trees and roots walking down. Once we got to the creek, we had to walk through it to the other side. I was so hot that I sat down in the creek with my clothes on. After we crossed the creek, we walked a little farther to see the waterfall. It was super cool. Then, the dads saw another trail leading to the bottom of the water fall. We all crossed the creek and hiked to the bottom of the water fall. Once there, we ate our packed lunches and then got on our bathing suits. We wanted to see if we could go behind the waterfall while we were swimming, so my dad and Simon went out to take a look and make sure it was safe. It was not. There was a cave behind the waterfall sucking in all the water and creating this super strong current. Simon got a little too close and realized the current was too strong to walk back. He had to swim across to the other side. After they told us that it definitely wasn’t safe, we floated down the river, and then we would grab onto a big rock that was to the side, climb on, and walk back to the beginning and do it again. We did this for about an hour before we started heading back into the muddy forest.

The kids went up ahead, so we didn’t hear when our parents found stairs leading all the way back to the top. My dad ended up having to go back and hike with us on the muddy trail. We came up all muddy and tired with scratches and leaves in our hair, while the other parents were standing at the cars completely clean, no scratches, no messy hair, and not gasping for air. All the kids had to go to the side of the road and wash off in a puddle that was completely brown. We felt like bums. We drove all the way back to the bakery where the dads let us off. The kids jumped off the dock almost instantly.  

The next day, we returned the cars and untied the mooring lines to head for Iles Des Saints, another part of Guadeloupe. All the kids rode on Britican on the way there. We had a giant piece of paper that we all took turns drawing on and made a very weird picture.

We decided to make a stop at Pigeon Cay on the way for snorkeling. We all went out to this huge reef and saw really cool eels, fish, crabs, etc. Once, we saw a big flounder. After snorkeling, we climbed aboard Britican and the fishing contest began. It was looking good for Simon because he reeled in one mahi-mahi, but then it bit him on the foot, so he dropped it in the water. Then, Rondo had two mahi. Then Pura Vida had two mahi. Then Rondo had four mahi. Britican still had none. Then, Rondo won with five mahi-mahi at the end of the day. 

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Mikey with some of the mahi mahi we caught.

We had a dinner with everyone on our boat that night eating one and a half of the mahi we caught. Next morning, we did our school work and invited Sienna to go to the fort with us. We headed out to eat some lunch and bumped into some people at the customs place. They were from Port Aransas. We couldn’t believe we met people who lived thirty minutes away from where we used to live. We headed out to lunch afterwards and bumped into Pura Vida. We had lunch together, and then we all headed to the fort. Half-way up, Ansley and Katie Grace headed back down. We saw lots of goats. When we got to the fort, we saw that it was closed. We headed back down and on the way saw a goat stealing someone’s baguette. We saw tons of baby goats too. One of the babies even let me touch her. We headed back to Britican and dropped off Seinna and had a relaxing night.

Next day, we did our school work then swam over to Britican and swam and played on their boat. We made a fort out on the deck, and then the adults decided to go have a night out. All of the kids stayed on Rondo and watched movies, played games, etc. When the adults got home, most of us were “asleep,” so the parents had to drag them out of bed and put them in the dinghy. 

The next day, we undid the mooring balls and headed for Dominica, the island on which they filmed part of Pirates of the Caribbean!