Yesterday was one of our best days yet on the adventure.
After a nice morning run and breakfast of baguettes and chocolate croissants,
we spotted a dolphin off our starboard rail. We’re anchored off the beautiful French
hamlet of Bourg in Iles des Saintes. Dana and Hanna had their flippers and
snorkels on in a flash and were in the water. I expected the dolphin to leave,
but instead he came close to the duo and swam with them.
|Dana and Hanna spot "Pierre"|
Upon seeing the dolphin’s desire to play, I hopped in as
well. It was an amazing experience. He let us get very close and would swim
right next to us in a leisurely fashion before diving down about 15 feet and
just hanging out. He would then come back up to us and swim around in circles
looking at us. At one point, he curled up into a “C” shape under water and just
looked at Dana. He seemed to actually enjoy hanging out with us and was as
intrigued by us as we were of him.
|Dana with "Pierre"|
|Me with "Pierre"|
|Hanna with "Pierre"|
Other boats in the anchorage noticed the fun we were having
and a few other boaters jumped in as well. A couple on a sailboat from Sweden
with their two young daughters joined the mix first. The dolphin appeared to
especially like the children and began to put on a show. He would swim very
close, clicking in his high pitch excited tone, and then roll onto his back,
showing his belly. It was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.
|"Pierre" showing off for Swedish family|
We named the dolphin “Pierre,” because we’re in French
waters. Almost no one in town speaks English, and I’m sure Pierre didn’t
understand what we were saying either. We had some sort of connection either
way. He seemed to be staring right into our eyes as he swam slowly around us,
with his mouth in a constant smile. We spent almost 2 hours swimming together!
Isles des Saintes is another one of those fantastic places
that tops our list of favorites on the adventure. The water is crystal clear,
the weather is perfect and the beaches are relaxing. The town is incredibly
photogenic, with colorful houses and an obvious European influence. There are
very few U.S. flagged boats here, and the ferry typically brings French-speaking
tourists. We’re far from the American spring break atmosphere of the Virgin
|Bourg town center|
|Iles des Saintes|
|House in Bourg|
Today we spent some time at Pompierre beach, a tree lined
stretch of sand protected from the open ocean by a small island. We lounged on
the beach for a couple hours waiting for the one fuel dock in town to open, so
we could fill up on diesel. While relaxing on my towel in the sand, I opened up
the salami and cheese on baguette I packed for lunch. Out of nowhere, a goat
was on my towel with me looking for a handout. I thought it was funny at first,
but the goat was very persistent. I had to hold him back or else he would have
stolen my whole lunch! The other French beach goers found the whole event very amusing.
|Goat trying to steal my lunch|
It will be a shame to leave, but we’re heading south to Dominica
tomorrow. Dominica is known for rainforest covered mountains, waterfalls, and
jungle rivers. We can’t wait! However, in the meanwhile, our outboard stopped
working again. I just had to row half a mile into town, which caused us to miss
customs. I will have to row back tomorrow morning to clear out of customs.
Hopefully Dana and I can take apart the carburetor (again) to fix the problem.
Wow! I envy your experience with the dolphin. How fantastic! Less so for the goat! MomReplyDelete
OMG! want to be there with you and Pierre!!... How totally amazing! Thanks for the great pictures. Good luck with your mechanical pb..ReplyDelete
And the goat story is hysterical...ReplyDelete