Recently we decided to take a break from the beach and conquer the forest instead. The highest point in the BVI is on Sage Mountain, and it’s one of the few places on the island that has maintained hiking trails. We drove up as far as we could go, which led us to a wide car park near a restaurant that looked almost abandoned! It wasn’t, and the proprieter came out with a trail map for us and suggestions for which trails to take. I’ll apologise now for the photos – I’d forgotten the memory card for the camera, so we were stuck with my phone and the quality is pretty poor.
This is Tony standing on the highest point in the BVI, which is 1,700 something feet. There isn’t a marker or anything, but we were told there would be a non-descript cement slab on the spot, so we’re assuming this is it.
It was a beautiful and relatively simple hike. The greatest challenge was trying not to lose a shoe or fall in the mud along the trail. The tree cover is pretty dense, so not a lot of sunshine gets through to dry up the rain.
This clearing of elephant ears was pretty cool looking.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see as many views of the ocean during our hike as we expected, until this view near the end.
I know, it’s not my greatest fashionista moment… and Tony has decided that he’s really most happy when not smiling… Anyway, here’s another one without us hogging the scenery.
Pretty good, huh?
The funniest thing was when we returned at the end of the hike to the previously abandoned-looking resaurant to find 130 elderly tourists sipping Pain Killers and walking around the shop inside! Sage Mountain was one of the stops on their Around Tortola Tour!