The Hermitage Plantation Inn
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Up bright and early for chartroom and using ship's wireless to write my blogs. Watched from the bridge how they moored the ship alongside huge pier in Brasseterre St.Kitts at 0800hrs. St.Kitts is one of the few if not the only island in the West Indies that was shared between the French and the Brits for about 150 years until 1834 when the French were kicked out. An extremely fertile Island relying heavily on sugar cane until that industry stopped when subsidies were removed. ...
... afterwards, so I went looking for one of the beach masseuses to give me a massage. My friend instead recommended some pros that do massages in a building instead. Thinking that it couldn't hurt, I went, even though that is not really my thing.
Honestly, I'm glad I did. It gave me a chance to think and process and get myself mentally ready for what may come. Also, I'm pretty sure she found some knots I didn't even realize I had and she worked them ...
... eating there that day, we got the best table in the house and had a had a calm lunch overlooking their the foliage. Again, it was a “nice view” type of place with a calm ambiance made even calmer by the James Taylor and Jack Johnson playing softly in the background.
Of course, as was our luck for the weekend, as soon as we were done, it started to rain. I drove back down the mountain very carefully ...
... dried peanuts (they cook them in the sand somehow, and they come out with a very popcorn-ey flavor).
In addition to food, they had entertainment. There was a Maypole that some kids danced around and wove different patterns with the ribbons. There were carnival-style dancers accompanied by a drummer and a guy playing what appeared to be a glass soda bottle, but sounded like a flute. They also had a "drag show," followed by a band.
The drag show ...
... watching them try to both climb back in from the same side, it also meant that I had to paddle in the other direction, which was also the direction of the current. Ironically, the second time we hit the same spot, they tipped again and we were pushed back by the current again. Honestly, I didn't mind. I was getting good exercise, the waves were very calming, and I was enjoying myself. ...