Sometimes we get carried away
What started out Friday as a simple hike to the top of one of the peaks bordering the Simpson Bay Lagoon morphed into a 16 km journey all around the lake. Yes, sometimes we get a bit carried away.
The other day we received some beta on a trail to the top of Sentry Hill from none other than Caribbean guide book author Chris Doyle and as one might expect, his directions were extremely accurate and helpful. Once on top of the 340 m high peak though, we were nowhere near ready to turn back, especially with other peaks beckoning to us.
The trail that we had been following continued all along the ridge line and so we carried on, enjoying the walk while alternating our focus between the picturesque views in the distance and the prickly plants around our feet. Once we made it to St. Peter’s Hill, the trail stopped and we were faced with a bit of a decision: return back to our starting point the way we came or begin walking down the steep access road to look for another route back to our dinghy. Of course, we now know that the first option would have been the easiest and shortest of the two. While it was only 5.47 km from our dinghy to that spot along the trail, by choosing second option, we would end up walking almost 11 km more on our return trip to Cole Bay where we began the trek. We definitely got some exercise that day!
And so it begins. The walk up the steep hill at the beginning
was one of the most tiring parts of the hike!
The trail was easy to follow and only involved a bit of scrambling.
Philipsburg and the Great Bay Salt Pond in the distance.
Almost to the top of Sentry Hill, our initial destination.
One of the red lights which we can see blinking from our boat.
The highest point. Wasn’t that nice of them to leave a little ladder leaning against a rock for us?
No, it was not attached!
Can you see our boat?
360 view from near the top Sentry Hill – St. Maarten. The video is a bit shaky because the camera was handheld and I was turning around on top of a rock, trying my best not to fall to my death! If I had tried to do this from the actual highest point of Sentry Hill, I surely would have. 🙂
Great spot for a picnic!
And the trail continues…
The hill with the thing on it which looks like a lunar lander is our next destination.
We were following this stone wall for a large part of the hike. I don’t know why it was constructed.
St. Peter’s Hill. 317 m high.
5.47 km, 2:15 hours to this point.
We found it amusing to see that the tower was guarded by concertina wire on the inside and nails, the equivalent of natural concertina wire, on the outside.
We had a stare-down with an unattended herd of goats on the way down from the hill.
On our way back we crossed the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island.
The entire hike was 16.1 km, much longer than we had initially planned on doing!