Hello Grenada!

I’ll start with a quick introduction as to why this post is titled “Hello Grenada”. I’m currently on a sailing trip with my parents in the Caribbean, our first destination being Grenada. Why Grenada? My dad owns a sailing boat and Grenada is where he left it at the end of last season (May 2015). The idea was proposed to me last summer and I couldn’t jump at the opportunity quicker. Our plan is to island hop all the way up to the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I’s) before making our way back to Grenada to store the boat again at the end of this season (May 2016).

So there you go, that’s why I’m in Grenada.

Our journey to Grenada started on Jan 5th 2016 with a 4 hour drive from our home in Preston, England to London’s Gatwick Airport. Our outward flight was 10:05am the following day which meant we had a very early start. Flight day arrived and we were up and checked in by 8:30am, the usual mooching around the departure lounge ensued with a quick stop for a coffee before the flight. We made our way to the gate with enough time for me to stop to take a picture of my boarding pass in an ‘Artsy’ way, as you do before a flight.

Boarding Pass - London, England 06/01/2016

Boarding Pass - London, England 06/01/2016

We arrived in Grenada roughly 11 hours later, just before 4pm local time, which meant we headed straight to the hotel, Mount Cinnamon in Grand Anse, and didn’t really want to explore much that evening. The following day my dad and I headed to the boat yard in St. Davids, about a 30 minute taxi ride from our hotel, to check out the boat and make sure everything was in order and our plans were still able to go ahead.

Propellor - St. Davids, Grenada 07/01/2016

Propellor - St. Davids, Grenada 07/01/2016

After spending most of the day at the boat yard we headed back to our hotel for some relaxation. Spending that amount of time in the heat is really tiring on your mind and body so we just spent the rest of the day in our room until the sun went down and the temperatures dropped.

Mount Cinnamon Entrance - St. Davids, Grenada 07/01/2016

Mount Cinnamon Entrance - St. Davids, Grenada 07/01/2016

Later that evening I spent some time taking long exposures of the nearby village and the night sky, because why not? I do love doing long exposures but I had some slight issues with composure due to the small amount of light pollution that was escaping above the mountains stopping the stars just above them from being visible.

Grand Anse Long Exposure - Grand Anse, Grenada 07/01/2016

Grand Anse Long Exposure - Grand Anse, Grenada 07/01/2016

January 8th was just a day spent on the beach as we had no other jobs to do on the boat until it was in the water. The walk to the beach was a beautiful garden path that was almost a symmetrical dream, if only there were some tiki lights on both side of the path.

Garden Walk - Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

Garden Walk - Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

That evening was spent in the beach bar enjoying the bonfire and musical entertainment. Now when there is a bonfire, I believe, there is an unwritten rule the you must photograph it. There is something so beautiful and majestic about the way flames move that makes them so enticing.

Bonfire 1 - Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

Bonfire 1 - Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

On the way back from the bonfire I noticed that the Tiki Torches, that lined the path, had been lit to illuminate the path back to the hotel. Naturally I hung around to take a few photos of the flames dancing in the gentle breeze that made its way through the trees and bushes that also lined the path.

Tiki Torch 2 - Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

Tiki Torch 2 - Grand Anse, Grenada 08/01/2016

I’m going to leave this post here as the following day was an exciting one, for us anyway as that was the day the boat transferred from the "hard" (stands) to the water (launched).

If you wold like to see the full gallery check it out below.

Following on with the end of post questions, this time thought I have a couple. The first being, have you ever visited Grenada? What did you think of the island? The second question is, what do you prefer photographing? Long Exposures or Fire?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Rob