GRENADA -- Our week was coming to an end. Overnight we had sailed west from Islas Los Testigos (Venezuela) overnight. I manned the help through a couple of watches during the night. We drove through some small squalls, which I enjoyed, but what I didn't enjoy worrying that I might have misunderstood the heading the first mate gave me. I was steering slightly southeast, toward Trinidad and Tobago as well as toward the passage into the open Atlantic.
I was, however, on the right course, as the mate wanted to approach Grenada the next morning from the southeast with the prevailing winds blowing us toward St. George's harbor. (I felt much better).
We had a day to goof off in the vicinity of St. George's before the flight back. I had a money problem -- the purser had run a test charge on my Visa -- which was actually a debit card rather than a credit card. As a result, I had no access to money that night, for my bank thought I might be overdrawn. Despite the stress, I took a day trip with some other Mandalay passengers to Grand Etang Forest Preserve. Along the way we visited a shop where the keeper told us all about nutmeg and cinnamon cultivation, among other things. We also stopped at beautiful Annandale Falls and Grand Etang Lake.
On the way back to St. George, we stopped at Fort George, important in Colonial history as well as in more recent events (for instance, Grenada's popular leader, Maurice Bishop was executed there prior to the U.S. invasion in 1983.
NOTE ON THE MAP PROJECTION: The map above were produced using a Conformal Conic projection, which shows the surface of the Earth as if projected onto a cone. Conic projections are commonly used for mapping small portions of the Earth's surface. I give praise to Charles Culberson's excellent Versamap program which allows me to produce the base maps. They were shaded and annotated using Adobe Illustrator.
|Story time||Onward||Land ho!||St. George's entrance|
|St. George's entrance||St. George's entrance||St. George's entrance||Grand Etang Road|
|Grand Etang Road||Grand Etang Road||Annandale Falls||Mona monkey|
|Grand Etang Lake||Fort Frederick||St. George's||St. George's|
|St. George's||The crew||The crew||Looking back|
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