Ever heard of Saba? Me neither! A lovely and unique island in the Dutch Caribbean, Saba is definitely worth a visit.
All Saba’s towns are located on the upper plateaus of the mountains, the few areas where it is relatively flat. Being volcanic, there is no coastline to speak of, the mountains drop straight into the sea. This is why we had to park on a mooring ball, rather than anchor (the ocean floor was 200’ deep below our boat!) We love the names of the towns, The Bottom (which isn’t really at the bottom,) Hell’s Gate, and we stayed in Windwardside at a nice Inn called Scouts Place. The views were great and the bar/restaurant was very convenient. We stayed for 3 nights- the longest we’ve been off the boat since October, 2017! As you can see from the photo, the buildings all have the same look, both in style and color. The whole island felt like summer camp in the Adirondacks or New England.
How are the people, you ask? The nicest imaginable. After checking in at Customs, we asked about a diesel mechanic on the island. Within an hour, Elton was out in his fishing boat on his way to our boat. In the next 3 days, Elton, Brian & Nick came out to the boat multiple times for many hours, helping us keep everything in ship shape. After 4000 miles on her trip so far, it was time for the Dauntless to get a checkup! They did such a great job that they were able to send us on our merry way like we were brand new as we headed to Martinique, where the next leg of our journey was to begin.
While Captain Jim was working away with the boat mechanics, I took the opportunity to hike the Mount Scenery Trail to the summit of 2877 ft. The vegetation changed the higher I climbed the many, many steps (1041, to be exact.) They say it takes 90 minutes each way, so 4 hours roundtrip was not bad, considering how often I stopped to rest. The steps start immediately, and so did my rests! I actually started counting- walk while counting to 20, then rest while counting to 10. This helped me keep moving. The vegetation was truly incredible, as you can see from some of these photos. Seeing so many recognizable plants, such as Fern, Viburnum, Moss, and Begonias, made me feel welcome, as if I’d come home. The mountain makes its own weather. Hiking is difficult at the top because of slippery rocks that never dry with the perpetual clouds and mist. However, it makes for nice cool hiking. I highly recommend a visit!