“OOoo, OOoo, you HAVE to go to Hog Island!” Finn answered in his adorable South African accent. And then he proceeded to rattle off the best place for chicken and chips on Thursday nights and pizza on Mondays! It was obvious that their three years anchored at Hog Island were some of their best. I quickly got out my phone and started typing notes, and my anticipation grew.
When we first arrived in Grenada, we opted to anchor in Prickly Bay first, because it had easy access to local businesses and a whole slew of cruisers to meet. Like many anchorages that attract cruisers, Prickly Bay operates an informational and social “net” in the mornings on VHF channel 66. These radio nets are a fantastic way to get connected and gather information about the area.
|Jotting down the social events as they're announced on the VHF!|
Cruisers with kids all agree that life is a lot better with other kid boats around. Parents can take turns watching the kids and actually get a date night or simply time alone. Or, even having a play date offers new entertainment and a break from the norm, giving Mom and Dad a much-needed break.
|Playdate aboard - Thank heaven for Legos!|
|Dinghy-load of beach camper kids!|
|Collecting and torturing the poor crabs!|
|'Noodling' Water Aerobics class at Hog Island|
I also joined some of my Domino buddies from Prickly Bay on a ladies outing. We went to the town of St. George’s to tour a Batik workshop. Batik is a technique used to dye and decorate fabric. A local deaf woman was using melted wax to hand paint a fish design on a piece of fabric, then she’d dye it again to color everything except the waxed portions. I remember using a similar technique with wax crayons on Easter eggs when I was young, but this seemed far more refined! The fabrics were then used to make sarongs, bags, table linens, and wall hangings.
|Ladies Day Out with many gals I met playing Mexican Train Dominoes|
|Coating on these seeds is used for lipstick!|
Thankfully, we headed to relax and eat lunch at a nearby resort, La Sagesse. The view was breathtaking and the food was wonderful. I ordered an iced tea, something I hadn’t had since we were on the East Coast. The waitress brought out the tea accompanied by a small cup of amber liquid. “Nutmeg Syrup,” she told me, “to sweeten your tea.” I grinned and poured the concoction into my tea, stirred it, and took a long sip from the straw – ahh, delightful. I mentally added nutmeg syrup to my next grocery list.
The following days were packed with more camp and socializing with all the families we'd met at Hog Island. Elizabeth and Michael loved visiting other boats and having lots of playdates, and Mark and I loved meeting families our age. We ended up hosting a movie and dinner night aboard with 5 families! I don't think we've ever had so many kids on board at once! The headcount was 10 adults and 9 kids - a full house and lots of fun!
|While the parents enjoyed drinks and homemade sushi outside...|
|The kids zoned out, watching Alvin and the Chipmunks Shipwrecked!|