Location: Basseterre, St. Kitts
This morning we woke up to the smell of bacon and eggs. Breakfast was absolutely phenomenal; we crafted our own breakfast sandwiches from toast, bagels, scrambled and fried eggs, as well as crispy bacon. Next, we headed dinghied into shore on St. Kitts for our hike up to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. We enjoyed a tour on our way to the edge of the trail by our taxi driver and tour guide Magic, who told us all about the island and how the French and British had fought over the territory years ago. A fun fact we also learned was that Samuel Jefferson (The great-great-grandfather of Thomas Jefferson) had lived on the island and owned a rum distillery. The initial trail hike up to the main path was short and steep, and from there, we gradually made our way up to the highest point of the fort, taking boat-loads of pictures on the way. Once we reached the base of the fort, we stopped to catch our breath and grab a few refreshments… some enjoyed a cold beverage while others enjoyed popsicles and fresh mangoes. Magic lead us through the back to the fort, where he showed the ropes that the soldiers used to sneak in and out of the fort. The view was breathtaking, and we saw where the soldiers would have parade, cannons, and at the top of the fort, we got to read about how the fort was run. It started to rain as we were heading back to the car, so we sought out shelter under an arch while Magic, so courageously, ran to get the car for us. Once we were back in town, everyone split up to get some lunch and hang out around the island until Irv (one of Ocean Star’s two dinghies) picked us up around 16:30. For dinner, we had a mini thanksgiving, but instead of turkey, we had chicken. Overall it was a great meal. However, the green bean casserole was no match for my mother’s recipe. Seamanship class directly followed dinner taught by Carolyn. We learned about different types of anchors, how to trim our sails, how to read the telltales, and different parts of the boat. Tomorrow we sail to Nevis, and I can’t wait to explore all the other islands to come!