|Type||Name||Description||Service Provider||Cost||Kms||To Date||Total||Notes||Actions|
|Hike||La Soufriere||Hike La Soufriere from the Windward side.
Meet our guide in Georgetown at 8:30AM - take a dollar van up there. Meet at the Square by the Anglican Church.
Guide will have some water and arrange lunch at a restaurant
|Corea's Tours||$280.00||0.00||0.00||Cost is $55/USD/ea. Rhonda to pay for all.|
|Hike||La Soufriere - Biner Card||$490.00||12.00||12.00||*Cost is for five people, plus taxi to and from the trailhead, plus bus back to house.|
|Pension||Bella Vista||AirBnB||$1164.20||Cost is for five people, four nights|
Brent always says the worst times make the best stories. Today is a day ripe with good stories.
We started off with booking Deborah to take us up to Georgetown to meet our guide rather than taking the bus up. That was actually a good thing. Except we got up there super early. As we pulled into town, Deborah recognized our guide and she says "How are you getting to the trailhead? I know that guy. He doesn't have a vehicle." Uh-oh. The guide was supposed to take us to and from the trailhead from Georgetown. We (well, really, the guide) talked her into taking us all the way up to the trailhead, which she wasn't super happy about (the road is rough and her van is in really good shape).
A week before we left on this trip, the weather forecast was calling for the worst weather... today. 10mm of rain for the day. Yikes! Brent says "oh, we can survive that". I say "I don't want to just survive it, I want to have a nice time and be able to see stuff!". So, I tried to call the guiding company all day on Friday to see about changing dates, but I never managed to reach them. As the weekend wore on, the forecast for today improved, so I stopped worrying about changing the dates. Until we had a horseman-worthy rain-pocalypse over night.
We had a couple of enthusiastic rain showers on the first part of the trail, which is in the rain forest. When we got up above the treeline, however, is when things got REALLY enthusiastic. We had wind strong enough to help push us up the volcano, and hard enough rain to give me two soakers without having had to step into a stream to get them. We got up to the top and couldn't see anything down in the caldera but fog, but we did get our "Ed Shirt" photo.
The trip out saw the weather clearing back up again, of course. It was actually a really great hike.
Before we set out, our guide, Elroy, had arranged for a bus to pick us up at the trailhead at 2PM. He and Keith made it to the trailhead on time, and the rest of us were about 8 minutes behind. No bus. We talked about some options, and Elroy considered asking the American couple who'd hiked up on their own for a lift down to Georgetown to come back with a ride for us. Hmmmmmmm. But then he managed to call for a cab, and after a short wait, the cab came and took us back to Georgetown, and all ended well.
Incidentally, our guide, Elroy Browne, was amazing. He was so nice, and friendly, and was a walking encyclopedia of information about the plants, the area, the politics, the world... a very interesting man to talk to. We very much enjoyed going up and down the volcano with him and I would highly recommend him if you're considering La Soufriere.
Trail up La Soufriere
At the top of La Soufriere
Coming down from La Soufriere
With our guide, Elroy Browne