|Dave securing our dinghy. Our boat is the one on the right in the background|
|where the road ends at the beach|
We drove back to the station and signed paperwork, paid our $75 and were off. No discussion about insurance or the condition of the car. He said he knew which dents and scratches were already there. The rental was for 24 hours, or we could return it before 6:00 pm, when they close.
|an extra mirror on the left side to see the edge of the road|
|our rental car at the start of our hike|
|we cheated driving from the water this time instead of hiking|
|the trail with the Stations of the Cross|
|continuing on the trail|
|inside the chapel with the book I used as a child|
|just for the geochache-ers|
|hallway within the Hermitage|
|covered walkway form shower to the bedroom|
|correct time without daylight savings time|
|the separate area for baking/cooking|
|a cave we found nearby|
We were glad we made the trip here for the second time (first was 3 years ago). There is an awesome view, and it is so peaceful.
Our next plan was to do a little sight seeing. We need to get fuel and groceries, but we will plan that for the end of the day. There is only one road that runs north west and south east the length of the island. So we headed north west. We drove into a couple resorts to check them out. One was just being built and had a long ways to go before we could imagine anyone staying there or buying a condo. Fernandez Bay Resort has been there a long time. From the land side, we weren’t impressed with this one either. I guess people that come to Cat Island are looking for a remote experience.
|airport customs and immigration office|
|Triple D's restaurant|
Next we drove north and when we came to Bennett’s Harbour, where we had anchored earlier, there was a big kid in a school uniform hitch hiking. So we stopped to give him a ride. We found out that Ethan was an 8th grader, but looked like Michael Ohr, the football player in the Blindside movie. He even said he would like to go to the states and play football someday. Ethan’s school was is Arthur’s Town, about 5 miles north. He had left something at home and hitch hiked home to get it over his lunch hour. We got him back right when the bell rang to end the lunch period. It was fun meeting him and asking him about his school and a little about the island.
|Ethan back at school|
Next we looked for a road that would take us to the east side of the island for an island/beach view. We finally found a road that went to a Beach resort. It was 1.5 miles of a really rough road. There were a few homes along the way, but not much else. If you were staying at that resort, you probably wouldn’t leave for the whole week. I couldn’t imagine driving this road daily to go anywhere. We were just hoping we didn’t get a flat tire or hurt the suspension. I got my quick view of the ocean, but no beach access, so off we went back across that crazy road with our fingers crossed.
|east shore of Cat Island, supposedly, pink sand|
Next stop was for groceries. The store was fairly well stocked. We were able to pick up some fruits and vegetables. The milk was $11/gal, eggs were $4/dozen, and the luxury of diet coke as a $1/can.
Back at Favor’s Service Station, Dave topped off the gas tank and filled our gas and diesel jerry cans. I repacked all of our groceries into water proof back packs for the dinghy ride home. Jason’s grown daughter had a beauty shop in the service station. She gave us a ride back to the shore. She was amazed that we could get 4 fuel cans and 2 backpacks of groceries in the dinghy along with us. Actually, this dinghy is a foot longer that our old one, so we think it’s huge.
|Favor's Service Station/ beauty shop/ church|
|the road back to the beach|