Our trip to Frederiksted began with a stop at the Playground in town across from the Fort. My granddaughters love all of the equipment and search for the best in each park. In this case the incredible swings won. Both girls managed to swing as high as possible but Miss Ana at the peak of her swing was starting to turn upside down as the chains were slack.
Our next stop was the National Guard Training Center, the start of our hike to Ham’s Bluff Lighthouse which is one of my favorite places to hike. Like many of our roads and paths, the trail to the top was very overgrown and even at 3 pm on a slightly overcast day, the canopy completely blocked out the sun and made part of the trail a little eerie.
For my granddaughters, this just added to their sense of adventure as they used a telephone pole to see if they could climb above the canopy.
Their progress was blocked on the first pole by vines and trees but the second pole in a clear area was too much temptation to pass up so both climbed to the top.
Naturally, the lighthouse structure was considered by them to be an extension of the Frederiksted playground and they climbed that too. I have watched their climbing skills develop over the years and was not really nervous as I watched them climb their obstacles one at a time in a fairly disciplined manner.
After they got down, I was listening to Cayla explain the history and cultural significance of the area which she had down pat from the internet when I noticed miss Ana exploring the ridge line of Hams Bluff above Maroon Hole. I managed to take her picture after I ordered her back from the edge.
After we left the area, I took the girls to Rainbow Beach for a swim and then to Sprat Net at Cane Bay for another swim before heading home for dinner.