We’ve been exploring.
First, we landed on Whistling Cay. We toured the former guardhouse. It was purportedly built or at least used during the period when Tortola had emancipation late 1830s/1840 and the Danish islands did not (until 1848). Given that Tortola is only a bit over a mile away at the closest point, there were many escapes here. We’ve read some of the stories.
The beach is rocky with many great tide pools. The amount of life in a small tide pool is really amazing. Usually, my tendency is to walk quickly past these. Then, I slow down and notice views like this. Note that this one was taken underwater.
We also landed again in Cinnamon Bay and hiked up to America Hill to see the ruins of the estate house. The history isn’t entirely clear, but it seems it was built in the 18th century. As things went downhill, the estate house was a ruin in the mid 20th century.
Here’s the only current resident of America Hill that came out to greet us.
There are also ruins down at the beach level both of a sugar plantation as well as a bay rum factory. Bay rum isn’t as good as it sounds. It is a tree. They used the leaves to make aftershave and “toilette water”. I’ll stick with Pyrat and Goslings though the leaves do smell good when crushed.
The estate house on America Hill had an amazing view of Francis Bay as well as St. Thomas to the west.
Though we climbed up 526 ft, the trail was in great shape and had a nice variety of local plants including the native Tyre Palm.
Meanwhile, we remain in the pattern of 6-8 squalls a day. They don’t last long. They start out with a few minutes of wind in the low 30s. Then, it rains for 5 minutes. Another 10 minutes of sprinkles follow before it wraps up completely.