The Island

Trip Start Apr 2001
Trip End Apr 2001

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Flag of Grenadines/St Vincent  ,
Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Here are various pictures of the island. Details to follow. I will be pointing out the historical significance of these as they relate to me and the story.

Day one on the island.

I was surprised by the airport and facilities, to say the least. When you are approaching the island for the landing it looks as though you are going to drop right into the water. The runway appears to have been cut right into the side of the mountain. When you land you see a cliff on your left, water on your right and nothing below you except for a rocky shoreline about 500 feet down. Just when you have finished writing a note to your loved ones, the wheels touch down on the runway.

I think pilots that land here are mighty skilled. The runway actually crosses a road. When a plane is going to land they put barriers down like at a railroad crossing until the plane crosses the road. Then they lift the gates and the road opens again. This and assorted goats and other livestock make landing quite interesting.

Anyway, we land without incident, other than my anxiety attack, and we depart the plane (such as it is). When I get to the terminal I see the luggage carousel. It is a conveyor belt that has a manual crank which makes the belt move when turned. I watch this sight in wonder and look up just long enough to see someone, who wasn't me, pick up my suitcase and head out. Well, being the shy and reserved person I am, I run after him and every so politely point out the fact that he has my suitcase. He actually tried to keep it! I became a bit more vocal and he gave up and handed me my own suitcase. I wonder if I would have ever seen it again had I not spotted him with it. I am thinking I would never have seen it again. What do you think?
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