We were staying right on the harbour in Road Town and with a boat dock literally at the back door, what were we to do but hire a double kayak for a week?
We got up early every morning and headed out and up along the coast for a paddle. At first the mornings were really calm and we powered along past the ‘dolphin prison’, explored rocky areas along the coast and peered down at coral formations before paddling back to our dock.
As the week got on the swells got a little higher so the paddling was harder work but not technically difficult. And after a week we felt like pros. It was a great way to start the day and we felt like tropical islanders.
We were on a boat!
The quintessential thing to do while spending time in the Caribbean is to go weekend sailing. It was a popular time of year so we couldn’t quite manage the sailing part but we did manage an overnight trip on a power catamaran, skippered expertly by the newly qualified Captain Guy, a friend of Claudia’s. Locals rates meant the whole things was very affordable.
Two months in the Caribbean is never enough (although it’s quite expensive so when you’re not working two months is maybe too much). Thanks to my wonderful friend Claudia we did get to make the most of it (even with our limited budget – thanks for the bed, Clauds!). Claudia made sure we got the full British Virgin Islands experience.
Step 1: Beautiful turquoise waters
Our first view of the Grand Canyon made the drive all the more worthwhile.
My desire to see as much as possible had us driving across California, through the Dust Bowl, nipping through Nevada (skirting Las Vegas for now) and finally into Arizona for the Grand Canyon. We stayed at some nice campsites along the way.
We drove down a long and windy steep hill into Lake Isabella. We really gave the breaks a bit of a work out. There are quite a few national park campgrounds in the area, one of which is free during the winter and is on the shore of the lake.
We passed a campsite slightly up a hill overlooking the lake then drove down through Lake Isabella, which seemed like a rather grim town and arrived at the Dam Campsite. It was also very grim and seemed a little unsavoury. It was very exposed to a strong cross wind and seemed quite unsavoury.