Inside, our guide provides an overview of the many spices produced on Grenada.
A cocoa bean pod. Hard to believe that is what chocolate comes from.
Our guide - Mandoo (aka Simon Seales) was very animated.
Sheila listens intently to Mandoo.
Cocoa beans dry outside.
The rain clouds have dissipated and our day in Grenada is off to a great start.
Kenny checks out a nearby stream.
Locals enjoying a game of soccer.
There goes Mandoo in the lead van.
What a view. That is Diamond Island and Rhonde Island in the distance.
Spice plants grow just about everywhere. I can't remember what this one was.
This one is a nutmeg tree.
A closeup of the fruit.
Bananas are everwhere too.
Next stop was a cemetary near the town of Sauteurs.
It was good spot to take in the views.
Mandoo tells us about the nearby islands and an underwater volcano north of Grenada.
Another view with a church in the foreground.
A cashew tree.
A cashew in the making.
We stop for a look at Lake Antoine on the way to the River Antoine Rum Distillery.
We're on the Atlantic side of the island now and the surf is rougher.
Plaque at the River Antoine Rum Distillery.
The distillery is the oldest in the Caribbean and has a working waterwheel.
Our group takes in the sights.
The River Antoine Rum Distillery.
Piles of leavings from crushed sugarcane dry in the sun.
A distillery employee tells us about the sugarcane grinder behind her.
We then go inside where the cane juice is boiled in large metal basins.
Does not look that appetizing to me.
Last stop on the tour is the distiller.
Next stop is an abandoned air field that was used by the US during the 1983 invasion of Grenada.
This is an abandoned Cuban aircarft at the airfield.
Next stop is lunch at the Estuary Restaurant. Sheila found a cat.
He made himself at home.
What a cutie.
We had excellent views from the restaurant.
Pretty rough surf.
Our group had the place to ourselves.
Looking north from The Estuary.
Most of the group is still inside. Sheila is on the far left.
Pearl's Rock with Bird Island in the background.-
It was a mesmerizing view.
After lunch we have time to relax on the restaurant grounds.
Another view of the nearby islands from the restaurant's upper deck.