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    Lambchop Reporting In Sir, Finally - Part Five

    The day began as did every day in our lovely villa, Ecoute ton Couer, SIB MAM, overlooking the dancing waters of the azure Caribbean Sea. Soft blue/white puffy clouds floating on wisps of air the color somewhere between blue and cyan. The faintest breeze propelling them out to sea.

    Today we found our way to Colombier.



    Mon amis, most of you are aware of this, but for those of you that have not ventured out in search of this crescent-shaped beach with baby powder-fine sand and bath tub-still, chalcedony-hued water, pay attention. There are two ways to reach Colombier by land. We took the most strenuous of the two routes.



    Our backs loaded like pack mules, we head down the path; downhill all the way. This is important, as I will elaborate later. Me, in my most fashionable hiking finery: baby blue bikini under a dark blue sun dress with tennis shoes and socks. A site definitely made for French Vogue!



    My hiking partner carried the bulk of the weight in a backpack he so effortlessly and carefully carried, as it held priceless provisions for the day on a beach with no services.



    We were escorted down the path alongside dense greenery such as tamarind trees and cactus, by large lizards, or
    The waves of the sea bring me back to me.

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    Oh come on! You expect us to believe that bit about the nip nibble? Kibbles 'n Bits :-)
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    just ask that woman lying on the towel with goat slobber all over her itty bitties!! from what i understand, it's not the first time it happened.

    i was so shocked/freaked out/hysterical about it, i told several people during the evening, including Diego at PaCri and even he said it's happened before! did some guy train this goat to do this?

    pretty funny, huh?
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    I had to laugh reading this. My (ex) wife and I did this same hike down and back on our honeymoon. We even carried twice as much junk with us. Coolers and chairs, fishing and snorkeling gear. On the trip back to the car I do remember her saying something like "if we make it back to the car I
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    next year we're doing the flamands route...that's for sure! there's something to be said about "live and learn!"
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    Re: Lambchop Reporting In Sir, Finally - Part Five

    LC, once again a terrific report and great photo documentation! You made my day. We just survived 45 minutes of torrential rains, hail, strong winds and I am so wishing to be back on quiet, dry, friendly St. Barths!!! Bye for now, amy
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    That does it, no more topless sun bathing for me!

    Missy, another fabulous report.
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    Where IS the Flamands route? Vickie and I were down at that end looking for what might be a route, and only saw a road.
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    Where IS the Flamands route? Vickie and I were down at that end looking for what might be a route, and only saw a road.
    All the way down the road to the end. There is a sign at the entrance.


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    it couldnt be much easier to find....the walking path starts where Auberge Petit Anse ends...
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    At the end of the beach opposite IDF, there are some rock that might possibly be a path (or might just be a bunch of rocks) and also a road.
    Do you follow the road?
    How long is the walk?
    A few tines, Vickie and I got to that point, looked around, realized we had no idea where were were going, and then decided that the only reasonable thing to do was to go back to where we came and have a nice nap.
    Nap or hike? We always leaned to nap.
    Has moved on to a reality-based existence.

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    Skeeter: the 'paved' road becomes dirt...keep going. park anywhere and start hiking!
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    LC, once again a terrific report and great photo documentation! You made my day. We just survived 45 minutes of torrential rains, hail, strong winds and I am so wishing to be back on quiet, dry, friendly St. Barths!!! Bye for now, amy
    This is for you, my rain-drenched, wind-blown friend!!

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    Is the lower path actually walking distance from Flamands, or do we need to drive up that road?
    Sorry to sound like an idiot on this, but we really were confused. We had the impression from here that walking from Flamands was relatively easy (better than driving and then walking down).
    We got to the end of the beach and actually had the conversation of "So, do you want to walk to the next beach?" "OK, where do we go?" [looked around for a minute] and then "Don't have a clue. How about walking back for a nap?" "Great idea."
    Has moved on to a reality-based existence.

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    Like I said before, all these trip reports are in the gold class (yeah, Olympic quality). Wish I had the time and bandwidth to compliment all at each phase. If it wasn't so nice here today, I'd be raiding spare funds to be back on the isle.

    A few rambles:

    Chalcedony, I had to look that one up. Quartzy, milky look. Nice.

    Jellyfish seem to be abounding everywhere we go these days. Yeah, it seems like they're everywhere. The new cockroaches of the sea?

    Stumbling, falling and enjoying the local critters and then moving on seems like a small price to pay for memories and experiences that can't be beat. The old upper, "unimproved", trail to Colombe was quite the workout

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    What a beautiful and thoughtful present. I went home at 2 and took a peek in the basement-YUCK! Covered the puddles up with a dozen towels or more and knew it would be there to clean up when we get home tonight. This has not happened all that often, but a lot of water came down in a very short time. The whole neighborhood is covered in green leaves-not fall/autumn leaves, just green ones that got pulled off the branches. Oh yeah, a lot of those too!!
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    it must be a national thing because we too are getting pummeled right now! i guess i should gather up the beach towels and start putting them where i know water will find its way in.

    you are not alone in your water-sopping ventures!
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    Like I said before, all these trip reports are in the gold class (yeah, Olympic quality). Wish I had the time and bandwidth to compliment all at each phase. If it wasn't so nice here today, I'd be raiding spare funds to be back on the isle.

    A few rambles:

    Chalcedony, I had to look that one up. Quartzy, milky look. Nice.

    Jellyfish seem to be abounding everywhere we go these days. Yeah, it seems like they're everywhere. The new cockroaches of the sea?

    Stumbling, falling and enjoying the local critters and then moving on seems like a small price to pay for memories and experiences that can't be beat. The old upper, "unimproved", trail to Colombe was quite the workout

    Thanks,

    V
    thanks, v! those were really kind words!

    i make jewelry and one of my favorite stones is 'chalcedony'. the color is stunning.

    regarding the cockroaches of the sea, in a future post, i will expound upon one of those freakin' cockroaches latching onto my elbow....arrrrgh! not fun, at all!!!
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    Hi Voosh. I just read in the NY Times that the abundance of jellyfish is due to the fact that we are overfishing the big guys that feed on them. Hence, they are running amuck and seeking food sources of their own.
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    Hi Voosh. I just read in the NY Times that the abundance of jellyfish is due to the fact that we are overfishing the big guys that feed on them. Hence, they are running amuck and seeking food sources of their own.
    Blame MikeR for the overfishing.


    Andy

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    Skeeter- IDF- you are at the wrong end- Colombier path is all the way down the road away from the IDF. It's past that ugly Rayon du Soleil- LOL


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    Hi Voosh. I just read in the NY Times that the abundance of jellyfish is due to the fact that we are overfishing the big guys that feed on them. Hence, they are running amuck and seeking food sources of their own.
    well, i hope the sucker that got me reported back his dislike of lamb and looks for another food source!
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    Hi Voosh. I just read in the NY Times that the abundance of jellyfish is due to the fact that we are overfishing the big guys that feed on them. Hence, they are running amuck and seeking food sources of their own.
    Blame MikeR for the overfishing.


    turtles are the only seas creature who eat jellyfish and I dont fish for turtles....so I don't what that NYT person is talking about

    and I'll have you know Mr Nap that I have taken one giant bluefin...shipped it off to japan, and although i am entitled to take more...I have gotten my one I wanted to get and I am voluntarily done for the season, unlike my peers who keep taking them
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    Re: Lambchop Reporting In Sir, Finally - Part Five

    Hi Voosh. I just read in the NY Times that the abundance of jellyfish is due to the fact that we are overfishing the big guys that feed on them. Hence, they are running amuck and seeking food sources of their own.
    Blame MikeR for the overfishing.


    turtles are the only seas creature who eat jellyfish and I dont fish for turtles....so I don't what that NYT person is talking about

    and I'll have you know Mr Nap that I have taken one giant

    bluefin...shipped it off to japan, and although i am entitled to take more...I have gotten my one I wanted to get and I am voluntarily done for the season, unlike my peers who keep taking them
    Yeah- and how about all them stripers you keep showing?


    Andy

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    we don't have any jellyfish outbreaks up here in the Cape...we do have a lot of those very cool luminescent jellyfish which glow in the water when they are agitated by wake wash or paddles.... we also had quite a bit of them in Petit Anse this past June and at night we would throw rocks in the water to get them to glow in the splash and ripples
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    [quote]
    In the Mediterranean, overfishing of both large and small fish has left jellyfish with little competition for plankton, their food, and fewer predators. Unlike in Asia, where some jellyfish are eaten by people, here they have no economic or epicurean value.

    The warmer seas and drier climate caused by global warming work to the jellyfish
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    thats just wrong information....sea turtles and occasionally sunfish eat jellyish

    and there is no commercial market for either

    only very small fish and whales eat plankton to a large degree
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    Yeah- and how about all them stripers you keep showing?
    we are bound by size limits....total daily bag limits...and a market quota which is soon to be reached closing down the market for the year...I am conductng myself within those parameters
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