The day before the wedding was devoted to finishing up any last minute details. In order to ensure us ladies could focus we sent the boys off to hike Gros Piton.
Standing 2,619ft above sea level, this volcanic mountain is an iconic feature of St. Lucia. The hike to the summit takes approximately two hours and offers amazing views of the island.
However this was the weather we woke to that morning…
Sideways branches were the equivalent of steps, visibility minimal through the jungley trails.
A bit more climbing and, at last, they made it to the summit!
It was then another two hours back down.
And while the boys were hiking their hearts out, we were engaged in a more leisurely morning. There was to-do list making, maid of honor speech planning, reading and chatting.
The weather cleared slightly by the afternoon so we decided a nature trail on the other side of town. They offer 45 minute guided walks showcasing local flora as well as piton views.
It was so fun to see some of my favorite fruits growing right before our eyes. Baby pineapple = adorable.
After a short period of time we reached the first overlook point.
A great view. We would have been content with just that. But no: it got even better. We went to heaven.
Our guide suggested we “pinch a Piton”. Oh silly tourists and the things they do for photos…
After our tour we headed back to the villa and whipped up a meal of pineapple shrimp, rice and salad.
Needless to say I headed to bed quite early. The next day was a big day….
I want to know…
What is the most strenuous hike you’ve ever been on?