Saturday, September 18, 2010

Weekend Water Activities with Igor

So this weekend we're still feeling the affects of Igor's passing with winds from the southwest, creating a choppy Caribbean sea; and northerly swells, creating big waves in the ocean.

The Caribbean Sea was so rough on Saturday that the Mother Ship (in to celebrate Independence Day) couldn't come in and dock or anchor.



The poor thing had been going back and forth the entire day, sometimes heading out to deeper seas trying to find some relief from the choppiness.



In the end, they decided to load the destroyer up and send her onto Bermuda should the folks there need the assistance.

The main road heading west out of Basseterre once again had waves coming across (although not as badly as they were when Earl was in town).



A quick trip to The Strip showed them getting a bit beat up again by the seas. No swimming there. Leave the sand!



We took a quick trip down the peninsula to look at the ocean side. It was actually deceptively calm - no white caps- but any reef or shoreline was easily spotted with frothing seas building and crashing down on them. This is North Friar's Bay. Oddly, in the almost 2 years we've been here, we've never gone to this beach. Not sure why exactly (riptide? Yep, that would do it). People tend to use this beach to walk their dogs.



There were actually a couple of guys trying to surf in Sandy Bank. Not sure if that was a good idea or not. There were pretty big waves, but they were breaking over reef.



On our way back, we took a quick look at this equipment sitting precariously between a salt pond and the sea.



Our pals at The Godfather tried to throw an Earth Day bash but potential revelers were probably put off by the rough seas and occasional squall activity. Not easy trying to throw shindigs during hurricane season.



Sunday was pretty much more of the same, but this time Michael came prepared with a boogie board. He got a couple of good waves in there.



Here are a few pictures Michael took from the water - dude!





Lightning and darkness approached, as did the bugs (the wind was on the sea side; the ocean side was airless), so we decided tomorrow was another day.



Why do we take so many pictures of the water? Because that's what why we're here. St. Kitts is an island surrounded by gorgeous water and we like spending time near it, in it, and looking at it. Hope you do too.