Paul did all the driving and it's a good thing, not only did he have to drive on the left side of the road but also on the right side of the car. It took a lot of concentration which was tested by our two lovely children making all kinds of noise and playing in the back seat.
Toward the end of the first day with the car we were climbing the steepest hill we had gone up all day the transmission on the car started to slip. We made it over the top and the next five miles were all down hill. When we got to the bottom we turned to head back toward Roseau for dinner but when Paul stepped on the gas the car just sat there. The transmission had burned up and we were as far from the boat as we could be on the island without a cell phone. Fortunately at the intersection where we broke down a guy was waiting for the bus and let us use his cell phone. Paul spoke to the rental car agency and they said "leave the car in a safe place and you will just have to find a way back." ???
Paul reminded him that we are a family of four and it was already 5 PM. No telling when the next bus was coming and if there would be enough room on it for the four of us plus our backpacks and the propane tank we were carrying to get refilled. The buses here are like the ones in Nevis and St. Kitts. More like minivans.
While we were waiting for the bus to come we tried the car again and it started to go. We jumped in and made it over the next small hill but as we came to the bottom and started up the next it stopped dead in it's tracks. We were able to push it off the road and got our stuff together to hitch a ride or catch the bus. Luckily the guy who we borrowed the phone from had caught a ride with a friend and stopped when he saw us on the side of the road. A third passenger in the car they were in said he would wait for the bus and got out of the car so we could squeeze in. They drove us to Roseau and dropped us off at the hotel owned by the sister of the rental car guy. Their brother came by about an hour later and gave us a ride back up to Portsmouth where the boat was. We finally got back to the boat at 9:30 PM. Nicholas was in a bad mood but not too bad considering all. Quite an adventure.
Our longest hike was to Middleham Falls. It rained on us the whole way there. The hike up was challenging mostly by the complaints from those two same lovely children of ours. After some food the tone changed dramatically and on the way back down the kids couldn't stop talking about how easy the trail was and how even Grandma could do it. Hmmmm.
We celebrated my birthday here with a day on the boat getting ready for the journey to Martinique. We did the laundry, vacuumed, organized Legos, cleaned the bottom of the boat, etc.
I love that Nicholas thinks I'm 37 but Samantha is always quick to remind him that he is wrong. Ugh!
I remember when we lived in the house that was over 2000 sq ft that I couldn't wait to live in a smaller space so I could clean the house in an hour or two instead of a day or two. The thing is that it takes a lot longer to do the laundry by hand, dishes by hand and keep the children busy with either helping with chores or doing their own cleaning/organizing. I don't complain but just embrace what we have and go with it. I get to spend all this time with my family and I love it. We have been visiting some of the coolest places I've been and on a budget so we can visit more. Some days are easy and some are a challenge but what life isn't full of days like these?