OK, So I thought that I could post this in three parts but it looks like we have too many good photos to share! How many parts will we have, who knows? I’m just gonna to keep going until we can’t go no more 🙂
We will start with our first stop,
BVI, Soper’s Hole.
Our first stop in the BVI’s was Soper’s Hole. Because we left the US territory and now were in British territory this required us to make a stop to visit the local authorities and fill out all of the necessary paperwork to allow us to visit. We’ve become accustom to all of this with our travels but this was Drew’s first time. We tied off of one of the mooring balls in the harbor and the guys rowed ashore to the customs office. No big deal and after a bit of going from door to door and $125.00 the guys had us cleared in.
Compared to the last time that we were here were not many cruising boats in the harbor. It seemed that the other boats that were coming in to clear in would go to the customs office and head right back out on their journeys. We decided to stay the night because it was late afternoon and it’s a great protected anchorage. After we settled in we decided to head across the harbor to eat at the famous Pussers Landing restaurant. We later found out that it had just reopened the week before we arrived after being destroyed by hurricanes Irma and Maria almost 2 years ago. Limited menu but lunch was great! Later that evening someone came around and collected for the mooring ball…$30.00. For some reason we thought that it was $50.00 so that was a nice surprise.
After a great nights sleep we headed to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. This is the island that the beautiful and world famous Baths are on.
The Baths National Park, Virgin Gorda
We’re sure that you have heard of the Baths at Virgin Gorda, BVI. It’s a maze of natural giant boulders that you walk, crawl, climb, and even wade through. It is a big vacation destination and has been visited by millions. Fortunately for us the millions were not there on the day that we visited and we just about had it to ourselves.
There was a lot of sea swell coming in that day and it was a workout to get to shore. Normally the snorkeling is great here too but the seas were too rough for us to snorkel this time around.
You can either access the park by land or water. If you come by land you walk down a neat worn path from the parking area past boulders and beautiful scenery to get to the main attraction. If you come by boat you choose a mooring ball and take your dinghy to the dinghy line and swim ashore. No dinghies are allowed on the beaches here. Rachel and Drew took the kayaks ashore which we think is allowed. Brian and I took the dinghy to the dinghy line tied to it and swam ashore.
There are a few ladders scattered throughout the caves where the rocks become too high to climb to help you explore. At the end of the breathtaking trail we reached the beach at Devil’s Bay for more amazing scenery.
How were the baths formed? Glad that you asked!
The Baths were formed by granite that eroded into piles of boulders on the beach. Granite forms from the slow cooling of magma at depth nowhere close to surface. The granite only appears at the surface after geologic ages have eroded away all the overburden covering it. Once exposed, erosion continued to isolate the granite into large boulders and round their surfaces. The boulders formed natural tide pools, tunnels, arches, and scenic grottoes that are right on the shoreline. The largest boulders are an astounding 40 feet, isn’t that awesome! Mother nature creates the most wonderful things!
As interesting as the geology behind The Baths is, it is really even more impressive to see and explore them in awe of their beauty. One of the first amazing formations you come across as you enter the baths is known as “The Cathedral”. This is probably the most photographed part of the baths. Two enormous boulders barely touch to make a gorgeous triangle shaped cave with the water rushing in and out with the tide. They say that depending on the time of day with the light coming through the rocks that the chamber changes its mood.
What a wonderful, amazing and magical day!
Stay tuned to find out what was in store for us next….
Jennifer and Brian and Crew Rachel and Drew