Before leaving Antigua we had a couple of stops in a couple of nice bays. The first of said bays was Deep Bay, a few hours north of Jolly Harbour. We overnighted there for 2 nights and on the morning of our departure I set out with CP, before sunrise, up to the ruins of the old fort that protected the bay, to get some pictures.
We swam from Ripples II to the shore, stashed our snorkelling gear out of sight and made our way up the rough track to the top. The panoramic views from up there were astounding! Before we got to the top we stopped about halfway to admire the view up to the ruins. To get to the top level of the fort we had to walk through a small archway and up some stairs. Before I made my way up the stairs I turned to face the way I had come to be confronted by the image below. I snapped off a couple of photos at different light levels to make sure I had one I was happy with.
When we reached the top of the fort was when we were treated by the amazing panoramic views of Deep Bay, the Caribbean Sea and St. Johns. I got some photos of Ripples II in the bay, being careful not to get any other boats in the frame to create the Illusion that we were the only boat there. It was impossible to achieve this with the image below though. As we were gazing out towards St. Johns we noticed a cruise ship coming in. I snapped a couple of photos and we quickly moved on towards the headland.
As we made our way to the headland we clambered down to check out a clearly abandoned building that lay close to the end of the cliff. The building was nothing special, just full of rubble and branches. It made for a nice picture though with the bay in the background. After snooping around the building for a few minutes we continued on our way to the headland.
When we got to the headland, after scrambling though some trees and bushes, and down a pretty sketchy path, we were confronted by a channel of water. We know this channel was there but there was no way of crossing it easily. I would have liked to get on to the other side to get a couple of pictures from the very edge of the bay facing in but instead I compromised and took a picture of a lonely Palm Tree and another of some Cacti.
After spending some time at the headland we headed back the way we came, up the sketchy path, through the trees and bushes and back to the ruins. On our way CP collected some rubbish that was laying around to do our bit for the environment. As we got to the ruins I spent a couple more minutes getting some more pictures of our surroundings and some of the details that tie the photo story together. We then set out back down to the beach where we came to a bridge crossing the a channel to get into the lagoon just the other side to the bay we were anchored in. I snapped off a couple of symmetry pictures then we headed down to the beach to collect our snorkelling gear and head back out to the boat.
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